A series of recent investigations by authorities in NY and NJ have revealed that some Funeral home operators and Body Tissue companies have allegedly
falsified records, stolen body parts and tissues only to have them transplanted in living human patients under the false pretense they had been
donated. When these investigations first came to light there were only 20 alleged cases in North Carolina, however over the past few weeks and
months the figure has grown to over 75 individual cases in several states which may have far reaching ramifications within the transplant area of
medicine. Several residents of New Jersey have now filed lawsuits alleging their bone and tissue transplants have tested positive for hepatitis, and
a third, a man in his 70s, claims he tested positive for a venereal disease.
Another 25 patients at North Carolina hospitals have been notified that they may have received transplants of human tissue that was stolen from
funeral homes in New York, bringing the statewide total to more than 75 people who may have been effected.
Officials at Concord's NorthEast Medical Center notified 22 people who had surgery between September 2003 and this October that they may have
received the tissue. Three patients from Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury also were to be notified.
Other hospitals across the state said Thursday that a total of more than 50 people who were treated at their facilities may have had stolen tissue
None of the patients appears to have been harmed, according to officials at Carolinas Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, Catawba
Valley Medical Center in Hickory, WakeMed and Duke Health Raleigh in Raleigh, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, and Southeast Regional Medical
Center in Lumberton.
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Oddly enough these investigations first started when The New York Times revealed that the bones of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke were
stolen before he was cremated.
Susan Cooke Kittredge, Cooke's daughter, reportedly told The New York Times she was informed by authorities that the organizations purchased the bone
parts after being given paperwork which falsely stated Cooke died of a heart attack at age 85.
The truth of the matter was Cooke was actually 95 and had cancer when he died, which gives me grave concern as too just how far reached this appalling
practice is in the US and other countries.
Some experts claim sales of skin tissues and human transplant parts exceed $450 million a year. It is also said tendons, veins, bones and heart
valves from just one body
can net over $215,000.
I am also wondering if perhaps there are some doctors involved in this conspiracy since a normal layman does not have the expertise to remove veins,
tendons and heart valves?
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