COVER UP: Hospital Halts Organ Program After Saudi Natl Illegally Gets Liver Intended For Another

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St. Vincent Medical Center, one of the largest organ transplantation centers in CA, has suspended its liver program after discovering that its doctors improperly arranged for a transplant to a Saudi national using an organ that should have gone to a much higher priority patient at another hospital.
Hospital staff members then falsified documents several times to cover up the alleged maneuver, pretending that the transplant was for a patient who was near the top of the regional waiting list. The transplant took place in September 2003 and was paid for by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. The patient who received the successful transplant was actually 52nd on the list.

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