JULY 5, 1960


A transfusion of the wrong type of blood may have led to the death yesterday of Grayson Russell, 73, of Merced, Merced County, a cancer patient in a San Francisco medical center.

San Francisco Deputy Coroner James Prideaus of the City and County of San Francisco said Russell was given a blood transfusion June 21 in French Hospital in San Francisco after being transferred from a Fresno hospital.

Prideaux said Russellís kidney functions were so impaired he was moved two days ago to the Presbyterian Medical Center where an artificial kidney machine could be utilized. Russell died at the center yesterday afternoon.


In the coronerís report, Dr. William F. Lutigens said examination revealed that Russellís suspected bladder tumor actually was cancer of the rectum, which necessitated a blood transfusion.

Through error, Dr. Lutigens said, Russell was given type A blood rather than type B, his blood group. Prideaux sain an anti body reaction set in, impairing Russellís kidney functions.

Prideauxís preliminary report listed the cause of death as "shock due to loss of blood."

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM tomorrow in the Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Chapel in Merced.

The Merced Elks Lodge will officiate at the mortuary service and American Legion Post 63 at graveside rites in Plainsburg Cemetery.

Russell, a native of Merced, was a rancher. During World War II he served on the draft board here.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. W. J. Young of Merced and Mrs. Clarence Roos of Oakland.

contributed by Carol Lackey