Family members of a deceased man whose body was used for medical practice by a Washington state fire department have sued for more than $15 million.
Employees with the Bellingham Fire Department performed endotracheal intubations, or “tube checks,” on Bradley Ginn Sr. while waiting for his body to be transported to a funeral home in July, according to the Bellingham Herald.
The procedure requires placing and removing breathing tubes from patients — which is only allowed if consent is given from a patient’s “next-of-kin.”
Three separate claims were filed for damages, according to the Bellingham Herald.
Ginn’s wife Jai Ginn filed a $15 million claim on Oct. 4 saying she suffered from mental and physical pain due to the “intentional and negligent care of a body and abuse by city of Bellingham employees.”
She also made a claim for “the unauthorized invasion and desecration of a dead body without permission and possible wrongful death.”
Another claim was filed by Ginn’s son Bradley Ginn Jr., who sought $200,000 for the “reprehensible” acts of the fire department employees.
He says the endotracheal intubations were practiced while family members were searching for Ginn Sr.’s body.
Tube-checking practices are no longer allowed on deceased patients, the Bellingham Fire Department has said.