Being a donator of organs is a good thing to do, to give life to someone after death, but this appears to be another area of profiteering for those wanting to cash in...and again what was the status of the body parts, yes I'm sure they gave life back to many, but according to the article, sanitary conditions and other areas of concern were just not there...but someone sure made a lot of money in the process...and what about the hospitals making the purchase, is there some accountability along this line? BD
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Families who claim the corpses of more than 1,000 relatives were dismembered and sold in an illegal body-parts scandal sued funeral directors and others on Tuesday.
The class action suit represents hundreds of people who claim their relatives' body parts were harvested for medical use without their consent.The seven were indicted by a grand jury last September and accused of harvesting bones, skin and tendons in unsanitary conditions, and selling them to hospitals with the risk that they could infect patients who received them.
The defendants allegedly made $3.8 million from sale of body parts obtained in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey between February 2004 and September 2005 in an operation that was "ghoulish, greedy, dangerous and criminal," the grand jury's report said.