More Proof We Need Health Insurance Reform

A Tragic Story from ABC News

The family of a California teenager who died awaiting a liver transplant say they will sue the insurer who they blame for their daughter’s death.

Nataline Sarkisyan, a 17-year-old from Glendale, Calif., died Thursday just a few hours after her insurer, CIGNA HealthCare, approved a procedure it had previously described as “too experimental.”

Attorney Mark Geragos said that CIGNA “maliciously killed her” and that he hopes to press murder or manslaughter charges against CIGNA HealthCare for the death of Sarkisyan.

“They took my daughter away from me,” said Nataline’s father, Krikor, who appeared at a news conference with his 21-year-old son, Bedros.

CINGA appears to have reversed its decision to deny the transplant after about 150 teenagers and nurses protested outside their Glendale office on Thursday. “Protestors are here, the war is here,” Hilda Sarkisyan, the girl’s mother, told the group hours before her daughter’s death. “We have a war here.”

The Sarkisyan family claims that CIGN first agreed to the liver transplant surgery and had secured a match weeks ago. After the teen, who was battling leukemia, received a bone marrow transplant from her brother, however, she suffered a lung infection, and the insurer backed away from what it felt had become too risky a procedure.

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