Coral Gables

Man Sues Hospital After Amputated Leg Found in Trash

A Florida man is suing a hospital after his amputated leg was found in the trash.

According to the Miami Herald, the Key Largo man went to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables to have his leg amputated below his knee. The hospital then threw the leg away instead of incinerating it, which is the normal practice.

The man found out about the incident when homicide detectives knocked on his door and asked him why his leg was found at a waste management facility with the man's name tag still attached.

Hospital officials have not explained how the mistake was made. Doctor's Hospital released a statement, saying in part, "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."

In the man's lawsuit, he claims emotional distress. The lawsuit claims the man suffered an invasion of privacy, embarrassment and humiliation because of the incident.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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