A Florida man is suing a Miami-area hospital after his amputated leg was discovered in the garbage with his name still attached to it.
The Miami Herald reports 56-year-old John Timiriasieff is suing Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. His attorney, Clay Roberts, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.
Doctors at the hospital amputated Timiriasieff’s right leg below his knee in October 2014. According to the lawsuit, a month later homicide detectives contacted his family saying the leg had been discovered in a waste management facility with tags attached to it bearing Timiriasieff’s name. The detectives wanted to know if the man had been the victim of foul play.
According to Reuters, Roberts said amputated limbs are typically incinerated by hospitals.
“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," the lawsuit reads.
Timiriasieff’s family went to the hospital to ask why their loved one’s leg was found in the garbage, with identifying markers still attached to it.
The hospital told them it would "provide no explanation for what had occurred," according to the lawsuit.
Timiriasieff alleges he has suffered invasion of privacy, embarrassment and humiliation because of the mistake.
In the lawsuit he describes the hospital’s actions as "outrageous and beyond the bounds of human decency as to be regarded as odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”
Doctors Hospital Inc. is part of Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. The organization declined to discuss the incident in detail, citing privacy considerations. In an emailed statement sent to both Reuters and The Herald, the hospital said that after it 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,” the statement read.
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