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article imageParamedic sued for taking victim's severed foot from crash scene

By Kim I. Hartman     Mar 11, 2011 in Crime
Fort Pierce - A man has filed a lawsuit against the paramedic who admitted to taking his mangled foot and a portion of his leg after it was severed during an automobile accident that occurred on Interstate 95 in south Florida.
The former paramedic, "Cynthia Economou, has admitted she took the victim's foot from the scene of the accident." The foot and partial limb belonged to Karl Lambert of Brevard County, who was seriously injured in the car crash. "She told the Judge, "She took the foot and part of the leg to help train her body recovery dog," according to TCPalm.
Economou was employed as a paramedic and firefighter with the St. Lucie County Fire District at the time of accident in 2008. She left the department immediately after it was discovered she had taken the body part home with her.
"At the sentencing hearing she said that the foot was trapped in the wreckage when she located it." The ex-paramedic said she had "found it about an hour after Lambert was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach," said MSNBC.
"It was an unrecognizable mass of flesh," Economou said. "It wasn't a clean cut. You couldn't even recognize it as a foot. ... If I had thought it was somehow re-attachable and usable, I would have gone to my commander."
Asked at the same hearing if the leg could have been reattached, Lambert said, “We’ll never know.” The lawsuit states Economou “removed the leg rather than delivering it to the hospital where it could have been reattached.”
She plead no contest to petit theft charges and was sentenced to six months' probation.
Lambert's legal claim, filed last week by attorney Jack L. Platt, Melbourne, named St. Lucie County Fire District and Cynthia Economou as defendant's and asked the court for an unspecified amount of damages.
Platt said "the act was outrageous and went beyond the bounds of decency ... was odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society," reports the Palm Beach Post.
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