University of Kansas Hospital surgeons called off a planned kidney transplant from a son to his father Tuesday after beginning the operation on the son.
They sewed up 24-year-old Tyler Chapman, with both of his kidneys still inside, after doctors in another operating room reported a problem preparing his 48-year-old father, Alan Chapman, for surgery.
After the elder Chapman had been sedated, an anesthesiologist starting putting a breathing tube down his throat but found the area below his vocal cords to be constricted.
Normally, an adult would have an opening about the size of a quarter, said David Wild, an anesthesiologist with the University of Kansas Health System. A camera revealed that Chapman’s windpipe had narrowed to the size of a drinking straw.
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“It was an unanticipated situation we were lucky to find,” Wild said. “It could have led to problems down the road.”
Doctors will use scans and possibly other tests to determine the cause and how to treat it.
“Alan’s trachea is very narrow, probably from scar tissue from previous breathing tubes,” Anita Chapman, the wife of Alan and mother of Tyler, said in an email to The Star.
The Chapmans, who live in Kansas City, North, had hoped this would be their best Valentine’s Day ever because of the life-extending kidney transplant, which would have rescued Alan Chapman from thrice-weekly dialysis and improved his quality of life. Diabetes and high blood pressure caused his kidneys to fail in April 2014.
Tyler Chapman headed into surgery about 8 a.m. Tuesday, and his father was taken in about 9:30 a.m.
Anita Chapman learned about 10 a.m. that the transplant surgery could not continue.
Alan Chapman previously had a quintuple bypass and a separate surgery to remove a benign tumor from his colon. This was his son’s first surgery. Testing had shown them to be such a good match that there would have been only a 1 percent chance of Alan Chapman’s body rejecting his son’s kidney.