WOMAN SEEKS NEW KIDNEY AFTER HOSPITAL
LEFT A SURGICAL SPONGE IN HER BODY FOR ALMOST 9 YEARS
After Almost 9 years, 500+ Hospital visits, 30+ Emergency-Visits, 5 Hospital Stays- Radiology Report Confirms Surgical Material Surrounding Transplant Kidney
ATLANTA, GA - “You have a right to know...” were the words uttered with a shaking voice by Candace Bazile’s primary care physician.
This statement, made this past Halloween, October 31, 2019, revealed what Ms. Bazile believes has haunted her for almost 9 years. A radiology report confirmed that there was “radiopaque surgical material surrounding the upper and mid pole of Bazile’s transplant kidney,” and this foreign material was believed to be a retained surgical sponge.
Ms. Bazile knew something was wrong with her body immediately after her transplant surgery. When asked about her future, just 10 days following the discharge of her transplant operation, medical records indicate that Bazile responded “it is scary.”
Since her transplant surgery in 2011, Bazile, 49, is estimated to have made over 500 visits to hospital facilities, over 30 emergency-room visits, had five biopsies of the transplanted kidney, and has had at least five hospital stays. None of which resulted in the revelation of surgical material being left.
Ms. Bazile is currently represented by Attorney B’Ivory LaMarr, of The LaMarr Firm, PLLC.
“While the claims in this matter are nothing short of egregious, what remains the most imminent concern of this firm is keeping Ms. Bazile alive by securing a new kidney. We are calling for a national collective effort to give Ms. Bazile what could be construed as a third opportunity at life,” said Attorney LaMarr.
Bazile obtained her master’s degree in 2000, and had a promising future advocating for women’s rights and social issues.
Since Ms. Bazile’s transplant surgery, her health concerns include but are not limited to: a foreign object surrounding her transplant kidney, renal-kidney failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, benign calcified lung nodules, nerve damage, restless leg syndrome, calcification, vascular necrosis, and panic disorder - to name a few.
At only age 40, the beginning of this nightmare, Ms. Bazile’s contributions to society were short-lived, due to her becoming permanently disabled.
It all began on April 30, 2011, after waiting 6 years on the National Registry for a kidney, Ms. Bazile received a call and was told to come in immediately as a kidney was now available for her.
Following her surgery, despite being prescribed the maximum in pain medications,
Ms. Bazile suffered in excruciating pain and pleaded with her nurse to contact her surgeon to return.
Upon the surgeon’s return, the surgeon appeared to be irritable, inconvenienced, and dismissive of Ms. Bazile’s concerns.
After going through a second emergency surgery 72 hours following the initial transplant operation, Ms. Bazile was informed that her body had experienced a “massive rejection.” The surgeon and hospital staff described it as “one of the worst rejections that they’ve seen,” says Bazile.
Bazile’s transplanted kidney completely failed in 2014.
While living with a foreign object can be fatal, Ms. Bazile is now faced with the risky procedure of having the surgical material removed.
The National Kidney Foundation reports that the average life expectancy on dialysis is between 5-10 years. Ms. Bazile has been on dialysis twice, collectively for 12 years, while waiting for a new kidney.
Psalm 46:5. "God is within her, she will not fall."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be related to the recipient to donate my kidney?
New anti-rejection medications make it possible to donate to distant relatives, friends, even strangers. But wanting to donate doesn’t mean you’re automatically qualified to do so. Transplant teams take prospective donors through a careful physical and psychological screening process -- much of which can be done remotely for donors who live far away -- to make sure the donor can undergo the surgery with no ill effects, physical or otherwise.
What is the procedure like for the donor?
Today’s kidney donation surgery usually takes only a few hours, and it requires only a few small incisions and two or three days in the hospital. “We say it usually takes three weeks to get back to almost all of your normal activities, and about six to eight weeks to feel completely back to normal,” says Leslie Hicks, RN, Duke’s kidney transplant coordinator.
Who pays for the donor’s procedure?
All hospital expenses are paid for by the recipient’s medical coverage -- only costs of travel, time off work, and a few post-surgery medications aren’t covered, and Kidney for Candace attempts to cover those costs.
After the surgery, how will my life be different?
Careful screening of donors means that only people who are in very good health will be selected -- and for those people, the risks of future complications are very low. Women of childbearing age can still have healthy pregnancies after donating, and the risk for future kidney disease is not affected by the donation of a single kidney.
Kidney donors will need regular blood and urine tests to monitor kidney function, and they need to watch their blood pressure, so they must visit their regular physician every year but that’s something all of us should do anyway!