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Editorial: Kidney op error must be last ever

It is quite incredible that doctors in a children's hospital could remove the wrong kidney from a sick child. It beggars belief that they would do so after four warnings from the child's parents about getting the right one.

But this tragedy has left a mother and father, along with their young son, with heartbreak for the rest of their lives.

Missing X-rays and scans, filing backlogs and work overload are being blamed for the unbelievable blunder -- a blunder which has left a little boy with a 9pc functioning kidney and without the perfectly healthy second kidney to back it up.

His parents have taken their case to the Medical Council to make sure this never happens again.

Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin must now carry out a radical overhaul of its medical system to ensure their bravery has not been in vain.


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