A decorated second world war and Korean war veteran who died of Covid-19 was dissected in front of a paying audience – without his widow’s knowledge.
David Saunders died on 24 agosto, invecchiato 98. Sua moglie, Elsie Saunders, tried to carry out his wishes by donating his body to scientific research.
But instead of being delivered to a medical facility, Saunders’ body ended up in front of a paying audience in a hotel ballroom in Portland, Oregon, su 17 ottobre.
The Oddities & Curiosities Expo is a touring exhibition which says it attracts “lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre” with “taxidermy … horror/Halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices … skulls/bones … and much more”.
In un dichiarazione, tuttavia, Oddities & Curiosities Expo distanced itself from the live dissection, saying it “provide[d] a ticketing platform for Death Science, which was the proprietor of the class” and that it “made no profit from this demonstration”.
“The cadaver class has never been a part of the traveling expo," ha detto.
Elsie Saunders said she learned about the dissection when she was tracked down by a Seattle-based reporter from King-5, a local television station.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s horrible, unethical and I just don’t have the words to describe it," lei detto the Advocate, a New Orleans newspaper. “I have all this paperwork that says his body would be used for science – nothing about this commercialization of his death.”
Elsie Saunders tried to donate her husband’s body to Louisiana State University, which she said would be his last act of patriotism. But LSU declined the donation due to the Covid-19 diagnosis.
Di conseguenza, Saunders contacted a private Las Vegas company, Med Ed Labs, which says it was “established to provide medical and surgical education and training for the advancement of medical and surgical innovation”. Med Ed Labs sold Saunders’ body to Death Science.
Obteen Nassiri, a Med Ed Labs administrator, disse DeathScience.org’s founder, Jeremy Ciliberto, was “beyond” dishonest about his dealings with the body.
Ciliberto pushed back, Amazon ha affermato di aver risolto il problema King-5: “I can guarantee that that man knew his body would be used for medical research.”
Ciliberto also said donor consent was not his responsibility, scrivere in an email: “Any concerns about the cadaver have always been addressed by the lab. Ancora, I am not the lab. I am the host.”
He also apologized to Elsie Saunders, detto: “We respect our donors and their families, and appreciate their generous gift. I told Ms Saunders, ‘I’m sorry, I’m on her side.’”
Elsie Saunders now hopes to have her husband’s remains returned. Church Funeral Services and Crematory, a Louisiana business which prepared David Saunders’ body before it was given to Med Ed Labs, promised her it would cremate her husband’s remains for free and return them to her.
“It makes me really feel saddened that this gentleman was not given the dignity and the respect that he deserved, and what he thought and his family thought that would be happening to his body," disse Mike Clark, owner of Church Funeral Services.
Clark said Med Ed Labs did not tell him or Saunders’ family the remains would be used for a paid public dissection, and said his funeral home had stopped working with the company.