The family of a Vietnam war veteran who died after a stranger turned off his life support is suing a Florida hospital for neglecting to check the man’s identity.
By claiming to be a relation, Richard Leclair was able to pull the plug on his 'friend' Roger MacKinnon and ultimately cash in his life savings.
In May of 2011, MacKinnon began suffering chest pains and was admitted to Florida Hospital Deland. One month later, in June, his wife authorized doctors to put him on life support.
Recently, MacKinnon went under exploratory surgery when he his heart suddenly stopped and he slipped into a coma. Two days later, Leclair signed forms indicating his false relation to MacKinnon, who later died alone.
Immediately after MacKinnon’s death, Leclair claimed the $106,000 in the man’s bank account and removed thousands of dollars of furniture and appliances from Mackinnon’s home.
Though the case was thrown out on a technicality last month, the family’s attorney has asked the court to reconsider the case.