Tennessee Woman Sues After Allegedly Being Given Wrong Blood During Transfusion

A woman is suing after she was allegedly given the wrong type of blood during a transfusion at a Tennessee hospital.A Tennessee woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Middle Tennessee Medical center after claiming hospital staff gave her the wrong kind of blood during a transfusion while she was in surgery, according to media reports.

Patricia Frazier was admitted to the hospital on April 19 for a hysterectomy. The lawsuit claims Frazier went to the hospital for pre-surgery blood work on April 16 that included a blood-match test, during which the plaintiff's blood sample was allegedly mislabeled with the wrong name or blood type.

As a result, Frazier reportedly received two units of Group A RH Negative blood during her subsequent surgery instead of Group O RH Negative, according to the Daily News Journal, causing her to suffer from, "several serious, debilitating, painful and permanent injuries and complications."

The lawsuit states that as a result of the transfusion Frazier experienced renal failure, brain lesions, coagulopathy, seizures, cognitive impairments, fatigue syndrome and pain syndrome, among other injuries.

The hospital has not commented on the pending lawsuit.
The body treats incompatible blood as a foreign invader if the wrong kind of blood is administered during a transfusion, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website. A potential massive activation of the body's immune system may cause shock, kidney failure and circulatory collapse.