An elderly woman in New York has filed a lawsuit against ABC, a surgeon and a city hospital for broadcasting her dying husband’s video on television without her consent.
Anita Chanko, widow of 83-year-old Mark Chanko, said that she was shocked when she saw her husband’s surgery in a television broadcast of regular episode of ABC’s NY Med that featured Dr. Mehmet Oz.
According to Anita, it was a horrifying experience to see her late husband on television during his last surgery carried by the doctors to save his life after a road accident.
Mr Chanko had passed 16 months ago after he met an accident with a sanitation truck.
Anita said that it was heart-melting to hear her husband’s last words in the video. She said the video showed the doctors talking about her husband’s fatal injuries. After hearing the doctors saying ‘he was gone’, Anita said she “clenched her fists so tightly that the palms of my hands almost looked like stigmata”.
While she claimed that her husband was easily recognizable in the video which was seen by millions of viewers without her permission, ABC defended the action saying the patient cannot be identified as his face was blurred during the broadcast.
But Anita lambasted at ABC saying the defence presented by it was not true as she had received calls from her friends and near ones immediately after the video was broadcasted.
After watching the broadcast, Anita and her children sued ABC, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the attending surgeon, Dr Sebastian Schubl, for not taking the family’s consent before broadcasting the video.
In the lawsuit, the family accused ABC of broadcasting their father’s surgery on TV for entertainment purpose without taking their approval.