Hospital allows 22-year-old man to die so his organs can be used for transplantsBy Mason White 4:17 PM January 7, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A hospital in Illinois, was accused of allowing a young man to die in order to use his organs for transplants, according to documents filed in Federal court in Chicago.
The mother of 22-year-old Randall Bianchi, alleges that staff members of the Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, improperly cut off her son’s life support equipment and allowed him to die.
The lawsuit accuses doctors of administering medical treatment designed to protect her son’s organs for donations when they should have been trying to save his life.
Lydia Cassaro of Florida, claims that doctors dismissed her desire to keep her son alive. Instead, doctors consulted with her son’s father and cut off the life support equipment.
The hospital as well as several doctors and nurses, were named as defendants in the lawsuit. The father of Bianchi, was not named in the lawsuit.
Bianchi served as a Marine, but struggled with a drug addiction. On the day Bianchi proposed to his girlfriend, he was found unconscious of a heroin overdose.
The driver’s license of Bianchi, stated that he wished to donate his organs. Bianchi had no health insurance.