During his wife’s battle with ovarian cancer, David Jimenez spent many hours praying inside the Hudson Valley church. When his wife finally beat the disease, he offered to clean the large crucifix outside the church as a way to show his appreciation. While he was cleaning the statue, the 600-pound marble cross toppled over and pinned Jimenez’s right leg beneath it. Jimenez was flown to Westchester Medical Center, where doctors amputated his leg.
According to Jimenez’s attorney, on May 30, 2010, he was standing at the base of the crucifix and holding onto the cross beam for balance when suddenly “the whole crucifix snapped off at its base” and sent Jimenez to the ground. The attorney said that only a single screw held the 600-pound statue to its base. “There was no anchoring system, just that one screw,” he said.
Jimenez’s medical bills reached over a hundred thousand dollars and the church denied that it was liable for his injuries. Various charitable organizations helped pay for the medical bills and the church itself raised about $7,000 for Jimenez. Even with treatment, Jimenez has been unable to work. Jimenez sued the Roman Catholic Church after his accident and his $3 million case is expected to go to trial at the beginning of next year.
NY man who lost leg in crucifix mishap sues church, www.miamiherald.com November 07, 2012
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