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Family Will Sue After Teen Dies Due To Refused Transplant

Family Will Sue After Teen Dies Due To Refused Transplant

Family will sue for their daughters death after the insurance company overturned its decision to fund the transplant too late.

transplant parents Family Will Sue After Teen Dies Due To Refused TransplantNataline Sarkisyan died Thursday night at about 6 p.m. at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center; just hours after her health insurance company reversed its decision not to pay for a liver transplant that doctors said the girl needed.

Nataline had been battling leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from her brother. Shortly after the transplant she developed complications that caused her liver to fail. She had been in a vegetative state for weeks, said her mother, Hilda.

Doctors at UCLA determined that a transplant was necessary and sent a letter to CIGNA Health care on the 11th of December. The Philadelphia-based insurer refused to pay for the procedure, saying it was too experimental

The decision sparked off a protest outside CIGNA’s office in Glendale. Over 150 teenagers and nurses rallied to get the company to reverse its decision.

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The public pressure worked and the company finally reversed its decision.

“Our hearts go out to Nataline and her family, as they endure this terrible ordeal,” the company said. ” … CIGNA Health Care has decided to make an exception in this rare and unusual case and we will provide coverage should she proceed with the requested liver transplant.”

But the much needed change of heart came too late. Natalie died just hours after.The family will now proceed with a lawsuit against CIGNA Health care, however family attorney Mark Geragos did not mention when or in what court he would file the civil case. Geragos said,

“The insurer maliciously killed Nataline because it did not want to bear the expense of her transplant and aftercare”

CIGNA said in an e-mail statement before she died that there was a lack of medical evidence showing the procedure would work in Nataline’s case. CIGNA refused to comment further on this matter.


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