Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to give more documents to a House committee investigating Fast and Furious. President Obama invokes executive privilege, and the committee votes that Holder be cited for contempt of Congress. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
Rep. Gowdy says Pres. Obama shouldn't use executive privilege to withhold "Fast and Furious" documents because he had no role in the botched operation.
Jeffrey Toobin says executive privilege is about protecting internal deliberations inside the executive branch. The President needs to be able to consider policy options with his advisors without worrying they will be subpoenaed to disclose what they discussed.
When Manuel Reyna developed a deadly kidney disease, his sister, Florinda Gotcher, didn't hesitate to give him one of her kidneys. When she found out they were a match, she cried.
"She was so happy," remembers Gotcher's daughter, Melinda Williams. "She was overwhelmed that she was able to save her brother's life."
Williams said her mother didn't worry about the risks of surgery. Statistically, kidney donor surgery is considered to be very safe: in 2010, the year before Gotcher's surgery, 6,276 people donated a kidney, and none of them died within 30 days of the surgery.
Her laparoscopic surgery went well, but about 30 minutes afterwards in the recovery room, she took a mysterious turn for the worse.
"She just took a deep breath and her eyes got real huge and then she fell back down and started breathing really, really bad," Williams says.
In January 2011, Florinda Gotcher donated one of her kidneys to her brother who was battling kidney disease. The low-risk surgery seemed to go well, but just hours later Gotcher was dead.
Surgeons at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas tried to save her life. When Gotcher took a turn for the worse, they rushed her back into the operating room and discovered something horrible. When they removed her kidney, they put clips on an artery. But the clips fell off and Gotcher, mother of four, bled to death, at age 41.
Keeping them Honest, Gotcher's death was preventable.
Starting in 2006, the FDA, working with the manufacturer of the clips, sent up to six letters to hospitals warning them the clips were unsafe in laparoscopic kidney donor surgeries.
However, an audit by the FDA a year later showed only about half the hospitals acknowledged getting the letters.
The letters also never mentioned patients had died.
Yes, before Gotcher lost her life - there were other donors who met the same fate.
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