yeah thats righthttp://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/05/18/2010-05-18_the_transplant_was_supposed_to_give_him_life_instead_it_gave_him_terminal_cancer.html
i dunno sounds like he was some sort o experiment.
Queens man Vincent Liew dies of uterine cancer after kidney transplant from NYU Medical Center
It was supposed to be the answer to a desperately ill man's prayers.
Instead, it became a ticking time bomb that condemned 37-year-old Vincent Liew to a painful death from a disease only women are supposed to get - uterine cancer.
"Congratulations," a nurse from NYU Medical Center's prestigious transplant team told Liew's wife, Kimberly, court papers say.
"We have a kidney that matches your husband. Please rush to the hospital right now."
Seven agonizing months later, the Queens man was dead.
"We thought this was a gift," the young widow told the Daily News.
She sued the doctors who transplanted the kidney into her husband, and a trial is scheduled to start today in Queens Supreme Court.
"It was a terrible decision," said James McCarthy, the lawyer for Liew's wife. "The kidney was covered in tumors."
Liew, who was on a waiting list for five long years before he finally got the organ in February 2002, was in agony after the operation, his wife said.
"This is my body!" Liew screamed, she said. "I want this organ out of my body!"
Liew urged his wife to make sure the same thing never happened to anybody else.
"He wanted people to know that this shouldn't happen again," Kimberly Liew said. "We want justice to be done for what happened. It's a torture waiting for this case to be over so I can go on with my life."
The Liews met as children in Singapore and were married on Valentine's Day 1992. But diabetes ravaged Liew's kidneys and left him dependant on dialysis machines.
Then, around the time of their 10th wedding anniversary, the young couple got the call they had been praying for.
The following day, Liew - an administrator for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade office in Manhattan - underwent the transplant operation on Feb. 24, 2002.
But he did not get better, his widow said. And the pain got worse every day.
Two months after the operation, Dr. Thomas Diflo, NYU's Harvard-trained expert in organ transplant, learned from the New York Organ Donor Network that the kidney came from an upstate woman who died of uterine cancer, McCarthy charged.
Kimberly Liew said the doctors didn't share that information with her.
"They made up a lot of excuses," she said. "They told us the kidney is not adapting to his body. They didn't tell me he had cancer."
It wasn't until August 2002, when Diflo finally removed the kidney, that Kimberly Liew learned her husband had contracted cancer, the court papers state.
The NYU doctors insisted at the time that that since Liew didn't have a uterus, there was less a 1% chance he could contract the donor's cancer, the court papers say.
An autopsy after his September 2002 death confirmed that Liew was killed by the donor's uterine cancer, which was also found in the tumorous kidney, the suit says.
It is not clear how an organ from a cancer patient ended up in Liew. Organs are not supposed to be harvested from someone who dies of cancer, the United Network for Organ Sharing says.
Lisa Greiner, a spokeswoman for NYU, declined to comment.
NYU filed a separate suit accusing St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y., of failing to properly screen the deadly kidney.
An online obituary says the woman was 50 when she died on Feb. 23, 2002, but does not name a cause of death.
NYU's case foundered after St. Luke's lawyers successfully argued that state confidentiality laws prohibit a hospital from turning over a patient's medical records.
"The estate of the organ donor is not a party to the action, nor did the estate place the donor's medical condition at issue before the court," St. Luke's lawyer Benjamin Schneider wrote in court papers.
Through it all, Kimberly Liew said, her husband urged her to forgive the doctors.
"He was not furious. He said we have to accept it. To the day he died, he forgave these people. ... He was a Christian. He loved God. He taught me about patience. Even though he was dying, he was staying happy."