Doctors stole missing brain-dead woman’s organs, according to lawsuit

Myriam Hoyos de Baldrich, a 69-year-old mentally-impaired woman from Long Island, had her organs harvested by doctors before her family were even informed of her death, according to a lawsuit.

On May 6, 2022, Baldrich went missing from her son Alberto Anaya’s Seaford home, and the next day she was struck by a Brooklyn-bound L train in Manhattan. The family began to search for Baldrich and called hospitals and police precincts, with Anaya filing a Missing Vulnerable Adult report with Nassau County police.

On May 9, Baldrich was declared brain dead at Bellevue Hospital and a week later, her body was taken to NYU Langone where her organs were harvested.

It wasn’t until May 18 that Baldrich’s family were notified of her death, with her fingerprints having been taken by the city Medical Examiner’s office.

Anaya is now seeking damages, claiming the organ retrieval was a violation of his mother’s wishes and that the city and Health and Hospitals Corp. were negligent.