A judge has found New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens liable for an
unauthorized autopsy that was performed on a Muslim man after he died of a
heart attack at the facility – contrary to his religious beliefs.

Damages have yet to be decided in the case of Elmaz Juseinoski, who died
Sept. 1, 1996.

His family told hospital personnel they were Muslim and wanted to take the
body to a mosque, according to the suit. Instead, the body was sent to the
medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy was performed.

Although the hospital maintained that by law it had to give the medical
examiner’s office the body, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Lawrence Knipel
found it was also required to get the family’s written consent for an


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