A Manhattan woman who wanted to become a mortician says the city coroner cut up her grandpa’s corpse so badly that it made her drop her career plan.
Samantha Lindeman was horrified when she discovered that her grandfather had a large gash on his right cheek — which was unscathed when he died of a heart attack on March 28, 2016, at age 75.
“When [Lindeman] viewed the damage done to Mr. Swift’s remains, she became greatly distraught,” says a suit against the city filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
She says the Medical Examiner’s Office tried to cover up the harm.
“The funeral home employee also told Ms. Lindeman that the Medical Examiner’s Office asked them to fix the damage and make it seem like nothing happened,” according to court papers.
The family was able to hold an open-casket funeral only after extensive repairs, the lawyer said.
His 37-year-old client, who had studied funeral services, “can no longer work in the industry due to the trauma of what she went through,” Wiesner said. “She knew what was involved in the repair, and it was very gruesome.”
She is working part-time at the cosmetics chain Sephora instead.
A city Law Department spokesman said the complaint will be reviewed.
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