NEW YORK — Two weeks ago, Roberto Medina's sister died while undergoing surgery to give him one of her kidneys. Now, the ailing New York City man is leaving the hospital feeling traumatized – again.
Medina told reporters he was summoned to Montefiore Medical Center on Wednesday and told that a new kidney had been found to replace the one lost in the botched surgery on his sister, Yolanda.
People normally wait years for a transplant. But Medina said doctors told him he was rushed to the top of a waiting list out of sympathy.
On Friday, he was discharged with bad news: The agency that oversees transplants doesn't allow people to skip to the head of the line unless it is a medical emergency.
Medina said he felt "emotionally drowned."