March 9, 2009

Suit says teen was 'killed' for organs

Suit says Teen was 'killed' for organs

The parents of an 18-year-old who suffered a brain injury in a 2007 snowboarding accident say his doctors "intentionally killed" him to harvest his organs.

In the lawsuit filed this week in the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania, Michael and Teresa Jacobs claim that doctors "hastened" their son Gregory Jacobs' death by delaying treatment and ultimately pulling his breathing tube, causing him to suffocate.

The couple said their son had not been formally declared brain dead when surgeons began the transplant procedure. They are seeking $5 million in damages.
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According to the plaintiffs, brain death was recorded the next day, "retroactively" as life support was being withdrawn in preparation for organ removal.

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In an interview with media in 2007, hospital officials acknowledged that the recorded time of death was a mistake.

Posted by Jill Fallon at March 9, 2009 5:29 PM | Permalink