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Settlement reached in amputated leg lawsuit

A lawsuit involving a woman’s amputated leg and the alleged harm she suffered after it was discarded has been settled.

Diana Stamps filed a lawsuit in September against Northeast Georgia Medical Center, claiming she wished to bury her amputated leg and that she suffered “irreparable harm” after it was discarded.

Stamps’ attorney Parag Shah said Friday that the sides had reached a confidential settlement and that he couldn’t comment further on the terms.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center public relations manager Sean Couch said the hospital did not have any comment at this time.

Stamps sought to have her leg amputated at the hospital in May 2014 and made arrangements for the leg to be returned to the funeral home, according to her complaint. In her lawsuit, Stamps claimed her religious beliefs required her to be buried with all of her limbs and that “this burial would provide her salvation.”

Shah did not disclose Stamps’ religious belief.

In the complaint, Stamps claimed: breach of contract; unjust enrichment from studying the leg; negligent performance of voluntary undertaking; breach of fiduciary duty; bailment; and negligent infliction of emotional distress.