Wrongful death lawsuit filed over death of school principal who donated marrow

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The fiancée of a Westfield High School principal who died after donating bone marrow to a student in France has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Sheronda Braker's lawsuit filed Monday names Hackensack University Medical Center.

Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson, 44, died back in April, several weeks after lapsing into a coma during the procedure.

Nelson, who had a 6-year-old daughter, didn't know the French teen but wanted to help nonetheless.

Nelson and the teen were connected through Be the Match, a worldwide bone marrow registry network.

Nelson also served as an officer in the Army Reserve for more than 20 years and had recently re-enlisted.

The hospital didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the lawsuit Monday.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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