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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mother Sues Hospital For Stealing Son’s Organs

HospitalMary Anderson’s son died two years ago and she is now suing the hospital where her son died. Anderson is not suing over any treatment received by her son, or even for the fact that he died. She is suing for the way he was returned to her. Anderson says that she signed an autopsy permission form because she wanted to be sure how he died, but did not give consent for any organs to be removed, other than a piece of his lungs. However, when her son’s body was returned for burial, his eyes, brain, and other organs were missing. The organs were used for educational purposes, but Mrs. Anderson has not been told what happened to the organs after that. Though she assumes they were thrown away.

See William Bender, Mom: Hospital Stole My Son’s Brain, Philly.com, June 26, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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