Hospital Turned Away

Organs as Patients Died

ORANGE, Calif. -- More than 30 patients died waiting for liver transplants while the University of California at Irvine's understaffed UCI Medical Center turned down organs, a published report said.

The hospital received 122 liver offers between August 2004 and July 2005 but transplanted just 12, the Los Angeles Times said, citing a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services obtained through Freedom of Information laws.

Though failing to meet federal standards, the hospital maintained its accreditation from the United Network for Organ Sharing, the newspaper said.

The review was sparked by a complaint by a former patient who developed large cysts on her liver and kidneys. The hospital turned down 38 livers and 57 kidneys offered for her between 1998 to 2002, according to the organ network.

UCI Medical Center said it made mistakes but said the organs were "not suitable for someone without life-threatening emergency." The center said late Thursday that it would stop performing liver transplants, hours after the federal government stripped the program's certification.

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