9/30/11 (AEIN) Five people in Taiwan who unknowingly received organ transplants from a man infected with HIV appear not to have contracted the disease. An investigation has determined that human error led to misuse of the organs, China Radio International reported Friday.
Hospital staff did not adequately examine the medical records of the HIV-infected man before collecting organs for donation after his death. They only realized the error after checking the paperwork. The recipients have undergone HIV tests which indicate no infection.
Taiwan is an east Asian island nearly three times as large as the U.S. state of Connecticut. Despite errors such as this, its medical system generally performs well, yielding comparatively favorable statistics on life expectancy and infant mortality.