In January 2006, Ken's wife had a heart attack. She recovered well enough that she was able to have triple bypass surgery done in March. However, she died after multiple heart attacks on May 31, 2006.
Ten years before her heart attack, Ken's wife had a kidney and pancreas transplant. Ken says following the transplant she had no kidney problems at all. That was up until her heart attack. Following her first heart attack, Ken's wife experienced a slight decline in kidney function. However, Ken says that after her triple bypass surgery, his wife's kidneys completely shut down.
"There was no function whatsoever," Ken says. "After the surgery, they never had it under control. She had to be on dialysis two to three times a week following that bypass. Then she wasn't feeling well for three to four days. She went in [to the hospital] and they tried to put a chest tube in her but she was bleeding inside. She passed away in the ICU."
Like so many other people who have lost loved ones after open heart surgery, Ken does not know for sure if his wife was given Trasylol during her surgery. This is one of the major problems with Trasylol. Many people were unknowingly given the drug to prevent the need for blood transfusions during open heart surgery. Now, many of those patients are suffering from kidney failure and other serious problems because of the use of Trasylol.
Bayer suspended marketing of Trasylol after a Canadian study showed an increased risk of death in patients who were given the drug. Two other recent studies have also found an increased risk of death in patients given Trasylol. In one study, researchers found that patients given Trasylol died at a rate of two-and-a-half times that of patients given either a different drug or no treatment at all. This means that patients undergoing open-heart surgery were more likely to die from being given Trasylol than if they were not given any drug to prevent excessive bleeding.
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If you or a loved one had open heart surgery and suffered kidney failure or other serious side effects, Trasylol may have been used during the surgery. A lawyer can help obtain your medical records to determine if you have been harmed by the use of Trasylol. Patients are currently investigating lawsuits against Bayer, alleging the company knew about the risk of kidney failure and death associated with Trasylol but did not properly warn the medical community about those risks.