Palo Alto resident Christopher Bui is suing the Stanford Blood Center because of an infection he said he acquired after donating blood on April 10, 2008.
Bui is alleging that the osteomyelitis infection that degraded his collarbone was the result of a needle stick during the blood donation. Blood Center officials have said that osteomyelitis is a rare disorder and that it is not known to be associated with blood donation.
In a brochure distributed to all blood donors, the Blood Center tells donors that it does not assume financial responsibility for any medical care needed to treat symptoms that follow a blood donation.
Bui said that his pain started about three weeks after he gave blood.
He eventually underwent two surgeries in early May to remove part of the infected collarbone. Stanford paid these medical bills, which Bui estimated at close to $100,000. However, Bui told ABC 7 that Stanford stopped paying his postoperative bills.
In response to Bui’s claims, the Blood Center released a statement saying that the center uses single-use needles that come to Stanford in prepackaged, sterile containers from a manufacturer with no affiliations with the University, and that the center complies with all FDA safety regulations.
Bui is also claiming that the Blood Center misappropriated his blood, which he said was sold for profit without his consent. Bui said he thought his blood would only be used to treat infants, due to his specific rare blood type.
Bui is suing for medical negligence, fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract. The jury trial was expected to start Sept. 24 but has since been postposed until April 2013.
A San Jose woman, Brittany Cardenas, is also filing a lawsuit against Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She claims that she contracted an infection after giving blood at a De Anza Community College blood drive on June 3, 2010. The lawyer representing Bui is also representing Cardenas.