Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Funeral Home Sent Granny's Brain to Family in Bag

A family in the New Mexico are suing a funeral home after their grandmother's brain was sent to them in a bag of personal belongings following the woman's death, according to the AP.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the grisly discovery after noticing a "foul odor" coming from a bag sent to them by the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory in Espanola Valley.

According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of four family members in a District Court in Albuquerque, the bag had been left inside a family member's truck overnight.

When family members opened it they found personal effects and a bag labeled with her name reading "brain," the lawsuit alleged.

"Wouldn't you agree that it was a horrible mistake?" Albuquerque lawyer Richard Valle told the paper. "No loved one's brain should ever be part of those belongings."

The brain has since been buried with the woman's body.

Funeral home owner Johnny DeVargas insisted his business was not to blame, pointing the finger at another entity in Utah.

"All I can say is DeVargas did absolutely nothing wrong and that the family was well cared for," he was quoted by the paper as saying.

The woman, who was identified only by her initials in the lawsuit, was killed in a car accident in Utah in September.


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