Via Christi Suspends Transplant Program

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita hospital has suspended its kidney transplant program after discovering that four of its recent transplant patients had died.

The Wichita Eagle reports ( ) that officials at Via Christi Hospitals also said Friday that in the last year there was a failure of a transplanted kidney in another patient, but that patient did not die.

Via Christi officials said a preliminary internal review of the deaths and organ failure has not shown any ``common thread'' or cause among the four patients who died and that the four patients had different causes of death.

But the fact that they all had kidney transplants and died within a three-week period prompted the health system to temporarily halt performing kidney transplants so it could study and review the incidents.

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