The moms of two teenage ladies who died in a Florida automotive crash final summer time allege authorities misidentified their daughters’ our bodies — main one of many ladies to have her organs incorrectly eliminated for donation — in response to a number of information retailers.
The fits had been filed on Thursday by Ranada Cooks and Tammy Gibson in opposition to the Florida Freeway Patrol, two funeral houses and the native health worker, the Related Press and the Pensacola Information Journal report.
They declare the our bodies of Deleigha “Leigha” Gibson, 18, and 15-year-old Samara Cooks had been misidentified as one another and that funeral dwelling staff tried to repair the error with out letting the households know.
Additional, the households say, they weren’t allowed to see their ladies’ our bodies, which might have allowed them to appropriate the error.
In accordance with the AP, Leigha and Samara had been killed in a July 29 crash involving two of their different shut pals within the Pensacola space.
The “4 Amigos,” as the women’ dad and mom described the group, had been driving round 1:30 a.m. when their car veered off the highway, hit a utility pole and skidded into bushes.
The teenagers’ mothers filed lawsuits in Escambia County Circuit Courtroom after, they mentioned, they found that the our bodies of their daughters had been wrongly tagged by authorities earlier than being launched to the funeral houses, in response to the Pensacola Information Journal.
“I walked in to see my daughter, and I noticed Tammy’s daughter. Valuable moments had been taken away from us that we deserved to have,” Ranada informed ABC Information.
The lawsuit names the FHP, the Escambia County Coroner, the Escambia County Medical Examiner’s Workplace, the FHP Pensacola district commander and two funeral houses as defendants.
The moms additionally allege that the health worker on the time “didn’t implement applicable insurance policies and procedures,” in response to CBS Information.
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Health worker workers additionally allegedly “extracted a number of organs from the physique of Samara Cooks, who was not an organ donor.”
A consultant from the Florida Freeway Patrol didn’t instantly return PEOPLE’s request for remark. They informed the Information Journal they might not touch upon “pending litigation” however “the Florida Freeway Patrol extends its deepest condolences to the households for his or her tragic loss.”
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The households of the women are searching for a jury trial and monetary compensation for the lack of “enjoyment of life” in addition to for the immense misery attributable to the scenario, in response to the Journal.
“We’re simply attempting to get all the things proper and provides her a correct burial,” Leigha’s father, Demetrius Gibson, mentioned in an interview Friday per the AP.