A man who had his leg surgically amputated at a Coral Gables hospital in October never expected the limb would resurface.
Patient John Timiriasieff's family was informed by police in November that his limb had been found at a waste management facility -- with a name tag on it. Police had suspected Timiriasieff might have been a victim of foul play, according to a Reuters wire posted on WPEC.com. When Timiriasieff was given no explanation from Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables as to why his leg ended up in the garbage, he sued the hospital, citing emotional distress.
"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," Reuters reported. In the lawsuit, the hospital's action is said to be "outrageous and beyond the bounds of human decency as to be regarded as odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community."
"Proper procedures have been reinforced at the hospital to prevent similar situations from happening in the future," the hospital said in an email to Reuters.
An attorney for Timiriasieff stated that incineration is the standard method for the disposal of body parts at a hospital, according to the wire report.
"I have heard of people having the wrong limb removed but hospitals aren't supposed to throw them away," Timiriasieff said.