Mourners Attend Funeral For Teen Who Died During Transplant Delay

By: By NOAKI SCHWARTZ
By: By NOAKI SCHWARTZ

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan, who died after her insurance company initially refused to approve a liver transplant then reversed the decision hours before the girl died.

Mourners remembered Sarkisyan on Friday as someone who was
optimistic, loved dancing and never complained about the leukemia
she was battling.

Janet Saboundjian told the crowd at St. Mary's Armenian Apostolate Church in Glendale that her niece's sparking blue eyes could brighten the darkest of days.

Along with traditional black attire, mourners wore touches of pink, her favorite color.

Philadelphia-based Cigna Corp. has said the procedure was experimental and not covered by the employer's benefit plan. The
company reversed the decision after nurses and community members
rallied outside its office.

Attorney Mark Geragos has said the family will file a lawsuit.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-28-07 1618EST


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