Father says daughter’s organs harvested against his will; sues hospital, donation network

Father says daughter’s organs harvested against his will; sues hospital, donation network

[Ed. – This sounds like an awful case – but one that would benefit from an airing in court.  I don’t assume the father was treated unfairly, but he may have been.  He should get to have his say.  Not clear why the mother would be so ready to sign her daughter’s life away, but she may have been doing the best she could. Very sad all around. There are more stories than one would like to hear about overeagerness to pull the plug on “brain-dead” patients in order to harvest their organs.]

Brittany O’Connor died last November. The Fresno, California mother of two had been rushed to the hospital after attempting to kill herself by strangulation. She was placed on life support, and not expected to survive.

Terence “Mike” O’Connor Jr., Brittany’s father, has filed the Fresno Superior Court civil lawsuit against Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Donor Network West. …

The lawsuit claims that when O’Connor objected to his daughter’s organs being harvested, CRMC “falsely characterized him as a threat to staff and called security, which called the Fresno Police Department, which sent an officer who escorted O’Connor from the hospital.” …

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[O]nly Brittany O’Connor’s mother signed the documents that permitted Brittany’s organs to be harvested. …

The lawsuit claims Mike was never even notified that his ex-wife signed the papers authorizing the donations.

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