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  • Chicago Hospital Sued for Losing Body

    USA TODAY – June 29, 2012

    A Chicago-area hospital and Cook County, Illinois, have been sued by the family of a man whose body was lost for two weeks at the morgue before it was finally identified, according to court documents.

    The suit was filed against St. Bernard Hospital and the county by the family of Brian Warren, alleging that the hospital held their loved ones body from December 29, 2011, to January 11, 2012, before he was identified and his family was notified of his death.

    When Warren went missing, his family contacted the Cook County morgue, who informed them that he wasnt there. Not receiving notification of Warrens death, his family assumed he was still alive and filed a missing persons report with the Chicago Police Department.

    According to the lawsuit, Warren arrived at the hospital with identification on his person. However, his body was not identified at the morgue until a full two weeks after it arrived.

    The family is seeking $3 million in damages.