Lawsuit: Florida EMT Took Severed Foot to Train Dog


A Florida man is suing a former paramedic for taking his severed foot and using it as a training aid for her body recovery dog.

According to a report in London's Daily Mail, Cynthia Economou was one of the paramedics responding to the scene of a car crash in 2008 (above). Karl Lambert's foot was severed in the crash.

Economou admitted to taking the foot, and in 2009 was found guilty of second-degree petty theft and sentenced to six months probation.

She told the court that she found the foot an hour after Lambert was rushed to a hospital.

"It was an unrecognizable mass of flesh," she said. "It wasn't a clean cut. You couldn't even recognize it as a foot. If I had thought it was somehow reattachable and usable, I would have gone to my commander."

Lambert is now suing Economou. His lawsuit said her action was '"outrageous and went beyond the bounds of decency...was odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society." It accuses Economou of "removing the leg rather than delivering it to the hospital where it could have been reattached."

The report does not say how much Lambert, who had his leg amputated a few inches below the knee, is seeking.

Economou left her paramedic job after news of the incident broke. She was a firefighter before becoming an EMT.


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