Parents of an 18-year-old Ohio man who suffered a brain injury while snowboarding have filed a lawsuit against doctors at a northwestern Pennsylvania hospital alleging that the staff intentionally killed the young man so as to harvest his organs. The lawsuit claims that Hamot Medical Center doctors and a representative of the Center For Organ Recovery and Education caused Gregory Jacobs’ death by administering medication and by removing his breathing tube, causing him to suffocate.
The hospital denied the accusations. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. It seeks more than $5 million for their son’s pain and suffering, medical bills and funeral expenses, plus punitive damages.
Jacobs fell on March 8, 2007, while snowboarding at Peek ‘n Peak Ski Resort in Findley Lake, N.Y., and was flown to the Erie hospital, the lawsuit said. The suit claims Hamot contacted the Center for Organ Recovery and Education about the donation of Jacobs’ organs even though his parents, who were at the hospital, wanted him to live. The parents believe that CORE directed that Jacobs’ organs be removed in the absence of a valid consent.
The complaint alleges that the patient was alive before defendants started surgery and suffocated him in order to harvest his organs. And he “experienced neither a cessation of cardiac activity nor a cessation of brain activities when surgeons began the procedures for removing his vital organs.”
The suit alleges that the Center for Organ Recovery and Education benefited by obtaining Jacobs’ organs “for transfer and sale to other individuals, who then paid money, a portion of which went to CORE, for the wrongful procurement of the organs.”