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Father Sues Hospital and OPO for "Overzealous" Death Determination and Organ Procurement

In November 2017, 26-year-old Brittany O'Connor was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California after a suicide attempt by strangulation. She was subsequently declared dead on neurological criteria. 

The case appears to involve the common problematic scenario in which one estranged family member accuses another of being adverse to the patient. Taking such claims as true (often without verification), the hospital then looks to the first family member as the legally authorized decision maker and excludes the second from participation....