A lawsuit has been filed against a company that illegally sold human body parts at a profit. The practice, also known as “body snatching,” involves the harvesting and sale of body parts without consent.
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What is the problem?
Body snatching is a risky business. Stolen body parts can expose recipients to cancer, HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, sepsis, and other diseases. In some cases, harvesters pressure hospitals to declare patients “brain dead” so they can take body parts.
Body Snatching Lawsuit Filed Against Biological Resource Center
In December 2015, a “body snatching” class action lawsuit was filed against Phoenix-based Biological Resource Center by eight families who say the company illegally sold human body parts, according to ABC News.
Biological Resource Center was raided by federal officials in 2014. According to the search warrant, a human head sold for $500, arms for $750, and a whole body for $5,000.
The scam allegedly went on for more than a decade. Lawyers say the company:
- Sold whole bodies and body parts for profit
- Shipped body parts overseas to unknown entities
- Did not use body parts for scientific, medical, or educational purposes
- Stored body parts for years without donating them
- Failed to handle or dispose of body parts with dignity or respect
- Fraudulently harvested body parts against the will of the deceased person or their family
Stephen Gore, 48, pled guilty to a felony sentenced to probation and deferred jail time. He admitted that his company sold contaminated human tissues and harvested body parts in ways that went against the wishes of donors.
“Body Broker” Class Action Lawsuit
In May 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed by the family of William Perkins, a former police officer whose body was donated to Biological Resource Center. In 2015, an FBI criminal investigation found body parts belonging to Mr. Perkins. According to the lawsuit:
“Mr. Perkins’ head, shoulder and leg were identified during the investigation … Defendants’ promise to treat the remains with dignity and respect was utterly violated, and suggesting that the ashes delivered .. were likely not Perkins’ remains at all.”
The Truth About Organ Donation
Here is the truth about organ donation: Doctors do not wait until you are completely dead before they harvest your organs. While most people think “dead” means the heart is not beating, hospitals can declare you “dead” even when your heart is still beating and you have brain activity. This ensures the harvested organs are in as best shape as possible. It also kills the patient, who is rarely anesthetized.
Biomedical Tissue Services Lawsuit
In 2006, Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS) proprietor Michael Mastromarino was indicted for stealing body parts from approximately 1,077 cadavers without relatives’ permission form more than 30 funeral homes. He is accused of selling the unscreened tissue for profit and forging documents to cover his tracks.
Lawsuit: “Cutters” Speeding Death to Harvest Organs
In 2012, a lawsuit was filed against the New York Organ Donor Network by hospital staff who say the “cutters” pressured doctors to declare patients brain dead so they could harvest body parts — even on patients who were still breathing.
How Much Is a Dead Body Worth?
Federal law prohibits most sales of body parts, but it is legal to charge “processing fees” for human tissue. An entire body that is cut up and sold to the highest bidder can fetch anywhere from $5,000 to tens of thousands of dollars. The lucrative market creates a powerful incentive for “body snatchers.”
For hospitals, organ transplants are a $20 billion per year business. People who receive single-organ transplants (heart, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas) are charged an average of $420,000. Neither organ donors or their families can be paid for organs.
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