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Sunday August 4, 2013 8:48 AM
UPDATED: Sunday August 4, 2013 8:50 AM
TOLEDO, Ohio - A veteran nurse present during a botched kidney transplant at an Ohio hospital last summer has sued for wrongful termination.
A lawsuit filed Friday in Columbus says Melanie LeMay was suspended, then fired, after a different nurse accidentally threw away a viable kidney as medical waste during the procedure last August.
After the error, the hospital apologized and put an administrator and two nurses on paid leave. LeMay alleges her subsequent termination was based on violation of policies and procedures not in place on the day of the operation.
LeMay was a 30-year employee at the University of Toledo Medical Center who was months from retirement. She is seeking a $25,000 judgment against the hospital.
A university spokesman says it would be inappropriate to comment on pending litigation.