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L.A. hospital drops transplant program

/ Source: The Associated Press

A Los Angeles hospital has decided to stop doing liver transplants after it was slapped by the federal government because one of its patients was allowed to jump up the line for a liver transplant.

The Saudi man received his new liver in 2003, and the patient who was at the top of the list, based on need, didn’t get one and died.

St. Vincent Medical Center has acknowledged its doctors violated national standards. Two surgeons have been fired. Other staffers have been suspended.

St. Vincent’s president tells the Los Angeles Times that the liver transplant program has since lost its certification. Rather than try to get it back, the hospital has decided to stop the program, although it will continue to perform heart, kidney and pancreas transplants.

The 75 people who had been on its liver waiting list will be put in line at other hospitals.