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Family Files Suit Against Nevada Donor Network, Claims Fraud

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three sisters have filed a lawsuit against the Nevada Donor Network claiming the nonprofit was misleading when a representative convinced them to allow tissue to be harvested from their mother.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Kristine Fagone and her sisters say when their mother died unexpectedly the Nevada Donor Network called to ask if it could harvest tissue from her body.

Fagone says they planned an open-casket funeral and a Donor Network representative promised the procedure would not be noticeable, but when the funeral came, Fagone says her mother's body was "substantially disfigured."

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Fagone and her sisters have filed a lawsuit claiming fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and mishandling of a decedent's remains.

Donor Network attorney Robert McBride says he cannot comment on pending litigation.