Mother Sues Coroner, County for Keeping Dead Son's Heart

A Daly City woman whose deceased son's heart was removed without her permission is suing San Mateo County and its coroner.

Selina Picon says she's taking legal action to find out why her 23-year-old son's organ was kept after he died of a heart ailment a year ago. She says she didn't learn the organ was removed until two weeks after his funeral, and she had to beg to get it back.

The lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. Picon says the real objective is to ensure that coroners statewide seek permission to keep organs.

Coroner Robert Foucrault says the young man's heart was sent for testing to verify the cause of death. He says his office follows the law and routinely notifies families when body parts are kept.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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