This plea circulated around progressive websites in hope that Cigna Insurance would reverse its decision to deny a teenager a life-saving liver transplant. The company’s phones and emails were jammed with petitions to save 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan’s life. Cigna bowed to pressure reversing its denial Thursday, December 20th; however, Sarkisyan died that same day–10 days after doctors determined she needed the surgery.
Nataline had leukemia and needed a liver transplant because the organ failed after she received a bone marrow transplant from her brother.
The California Nurses Association took up the cause to save Nataline’s life. Member and RN, Geri Jenkins noted, “…it is deplorable and appalling that CIGNA needed to have hundreds of people pounding on their doors and besieging them with calls to take the humanitarian step they should have done long before today.”