May 23rd, 2002


this is just so wrong

"The cash-strapped state Medical Examiner's Office has a secret contract with a company that harvests body parts from donors without telling their next-of-kin the remains are often used for lucrative cosmetic surgery, documents reviewed by the Herald show.


The staffers read from consent forms which make no mention of the for-profit uses for a donor's body parts - including breast, lip and penis enlargements, as well as non-cosmetic elective procedures.

The tissue-recovery industry has become a billion-dollar business in the past decade. Companies can earn $200,000 from one cadaver, industry analysts say."

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