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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: THE LEGAL TRADING AND SELLING OF BODY PARTS AND CJD
Date: January 25, 2006 at 6:50 am PST

TSS
Re: THE LEGAL TRADING AND SELLING OF BODY PARTS AND CJD
Wed Jan 25, 2006 09:05
71.248.131.156

Body parts scandal expected to spawn bevy of lawsuits
Officials say hundreds of bodies were looted in funeral homes in New York
area

By TOM HAYS
Associated Press

NEW YORK - Patricia Battisti had thought her back surgery in early 2005 was
routine. A letter from her hospital nearly a year later made it clear she
was wrong.

Battisti was informed that the cadaver bone that was implanted in her back
may have been infected with various viruses — the result of what
investigators say was a large-scale scheme in which corpses were cut up and
body parts illegally sold.

The Long Island woman now claims she contracted syphilis from the bone and
plans to sue. The hospital adamantly denies the allegation. But the case may
be an early warning that the gruesome body parts scandal is going to lead to
a lot of lawsuits.

"I just want answers," said Battisti, 41, a single mother of four. "I had
the operation to feel better, not get sick."

Battisti joins a burgeoning list of potential victims.

Authorities believe two men paid off funeral homes so they could take bone
and skin from the dead without their families' knowledge. Worse, some body
parts came from elderly people and perhaps victims of infectious diseases,
and the paperwork was doctored to say they had been younger and healthier,
investigators say.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office has opened a criminal case focusing
on scores of funeral homes in the New York City area and hundreds of looted
bodies, including that of Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke. No
arrests have been made.

At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration is trying to trace the
tissue, which was sold to medical facilities across the country and in
Canada.

Both the FDA and hospital officials, while suggesting certain patients
should get tested for viruses as a precaution, insisted the risk of becoming
ill from tainted tissue is minuscule.

But some of those patients are not comforted, said Battisti's attorney,
Jeffrey Lisabeth.

"It really freaks them out," he said.

Also disturbed are families who recently learned of evidence that their dead
relatives were secretly carved up before being buried or cremated.

A lawsuit filed in Brooklyn accuses a now-defunct New Jersey tissue bank,
Biomedical Tissue Services, of stealing parts from a 43-year-old woman who
died of ovarian cancer in 2003. The business allegedly forged a signature on
a consent form, and listed the cause of death as head trauma.

Authorities also found paperwork indicating Cooke's bones had been removed
by the tissue bank before he was cremated. Cooke died of cancer last year at
95, but authorities say documents listed the cause of death as heart attack
and lowered his age to 85.

The operators of the tissue bank have denied wrongdoing.

Battisti's ordeal began in December, when North Shore-Long Island Jewish
Health System warned her and 41 other patients that they were at risk for
HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis. The letters explained that tissue used
for surgical repairs came from body parts that were removed without
permission or medical safeguards.

Doctors implanted bone in Battisti's back to relieve pain from a car
accident injury. Her lawyer said a recent blood test indicated she had been
exposed to syphilis; she is awaiting the results of further tests.

The hospital's attorney, Anthony Sola, argued the tissue banks were
responsible for screening and sterilizing their products. He also claimed
anyone getting syphilis from a bone graft would be "a medical first."

http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3610246.html


SEE THREAD;

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=167318;article=2587;title=CJD%20W
ATCH;pagemark=20


Cadaver corneal transplants -- without family permission

Houston, Texas channel 11 news 28 Nov 99
Reported by Terry S. Singeltary Sr. son of CJD victim

http://mad-cow.org/~tom/dec99_news.html#bbb


TSS




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