*A hospital in Coral Gables, Florida has got a lot of explaining to do as to why they didn’t properly dispose of an amputees limb, but instead, threw it in the trash where it was later discovered in a waste management facility and reported to police.
Now the south Florida man who the leg belonged to is suing the hospital for emotional distress because his leg was amputated and improperly disposed of with his name tag still on it.
According to Reuters, John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables.
“Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.
Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives a month later during an investigation. The leg had been located and they suspected foul play may have been involved.
The family went back to the hospital to inquire about what had happened, but the hospital told them it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” according to statements in the lawsuit.
The hospital, Doctors Hospital Inc., which is part of the Baptist Health South Florida Inc, refused to discuss the incident in detail because of patient privacy considerations.
I remind you, this is the same hospital that left the patients name tag on the discarded leg.
Although an emailed statement said: “However, we can say when Doctors Hospital was notified of this situation, hospital leaders took immediate and appropriate measures to address it.”
“Proper procedures have been reinforced at the hospital to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.”
Normally, amputated limbs are incinerated by hospitals, said Clay Roberts, a lawyer for Timiriasieff who says he had written to the hospital in January but got no response.
In the lawsuit, the victim said the hospital’s conduct was “outrageous and beyond the bounds of human decency as to be regarded as odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”
Timiriasieff is upset because the hospital appears unwilling to accept responsibility for his severe emotional distress as a result of their negligence, and failing to protect his private medical information.
“I have heard of people having the wrong limb removed but hospitals aren’t supposed to throw them away,” he said.
The case is under: John Timiriasieff vs. Doctors Hospital Inc, #2015-009583-CA-01.