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Marine's body returned without a heart: Military remedies this with wrong heart

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A Marine’s body was sent home missing his heart and his family is devastated. Last year 21-year-old Brian LaLoup shot himself in the head while at a party at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. He was transported to a hospital where he died hours later, according to ABC News on Dec. 11.

After he was pronounced dead, the state-run hospital did an unauthorized autopsy. This is when they took out his heart and sent his body home without it. The Department of Defense and Greek authorities sent the heart back home months later, but DNA testing proved that the heart was not LaLoups.

Craig and Beverly LaLoup are suing the Department of Defense for losing their son’s heart. Beverly told the media via a phone interview that “This is his heart. This is his soul. This is what made Brian who he is."

The family is suing for a minimum of $75,000, which is the least allowed for a federal claim. The family is more interested in finding out what had happened to their son’s heart than receiving money. They are hoping they will get some answers through this lawsuit.

Apparently Brian LaLoup, who was in despair over a romantic breakup was with a friend who told a Marine supervisor that LaLoup was upset. The Marine supervisor suggested “more drinks” rather than getting help.” LaLoup was intoxicated at this party, but yet he was still allowed to get a weapon from a storage area.

The family is suing over emotional distress due to the missing heart. Government immunity doesn’t allow the family to sue for wrongful-death.



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