February 2004, Volume 34 Number 2 , p 19 - 19
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(2) February 2004 p 19 Heart-wrenching ordeal [LEGAL QUESTIONS: ORGAN DISPOSAL]
BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD
Penny Simpson Brooke is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City. She's also on the board of directors and president of the foundation of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Meet Ms. Brooke, who's speaking at the Nursing2004 Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., April 13 to 16, 2004.
My 26-year-old daughter died suddenly about 6 weeks ago. Because her death was unexpected, the medical examiner ordered an autopsy and found that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy caused her death.
About 2 weeks ago, I received the autopsy report by mail. In it was a statement that the medical examiner had retained my daughter's heart (without my knowledge or permission). ...