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Family sues over misplaced legs

The family of a Jewish woman who wanted to be buried with her amputated legs, but wasn't, is suing the funeral home for misplacing the legs.

Molly Cohen was buried in September without her legs _ a violation of her Orthodox religious beliefs that the entire body should to be interred, said her husband, Joel Cohen.

"It's going to bother me," said Cohen, 81. "I know it's the wrong thing that was done, that she wasn't buried with the rest of her body."

Cohen's lawsuit, filed last week in Broward Circuit Court, seeks at least $15,000 in damages for mental anguish.

Mrs. Cohen's legs were amputated because of circulatory problems in 1986 and sent to Menorah Gardens and Funeral Chapels in Fort Lauderdale. But when she died Sept. 13, the funeral home said it could not find her legs.

The family's attorney, Neal Hirschfeld, said Menorah Gardens found one leg at its West Palm Beach Mausoleum after receiving notice of the lawsuit.

Mrs. Cohen was buried in the family plot on Long Island, N.Y.

"It's horrifying," said Marylin Dresin, Cohen's daughter. "You don't lose something like this."

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