(Staten Island Advance) The New York Organ Donor Network pressured hospitals to declare patients brain dead to facilitate organ harvesting, including one instance where a patient showed a “clear sign” of brain activity during transplant surgery at Richmond University Medical Center, a lawsuit charges.

RUMC is not a named defendant in the retaliatory-firing litigation brought by Patrick McMahon against New York Organ Donor Network.

McMahon, 50, an Air Force combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and a nurse practitioner, contends he was sacked in November after complaining about the network’s “wrongful and illegal practices.”

“It’s atrocious what’s going on,” McMahon said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “These individuals that aren’t brain dead can’t speak for themselves. The family members aren’t experts. I’m trying to stop [the network] from doing this.”

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