LIVERPOOL, England, Jan 29, 2001 ( – New revelations from Britain reinforce reports that have come out over the past few years about a lucrative international market in baby body parts. Alder Hey Children’s hospital and its pathologist Professor Dick Van Velzen have been discovered storing and selling body parts from deceased and even live children without permission from parents. The UK Observer reports today that a Government inquiry on the situation is set to report that some children lost almost all of their internal organs at post-mortem examinations after unwitting parents signed consent forms asking merely for samples of ’tissue’. The Telegraph reports that the hospital is now admitting to having given body parts from living children to a pharmaceutical company in return for financial donations. It said thymus glands removed from youngsters during heart operations were sent to the company for research purposes between 1991 and 1993. The horrors are more widespread than Alder Hey. The report to come out Tuesday will be accompanied by another report revealing that up to 40,000 body parts, many without relatives’ knowledge, have been removed for teaching and research at more than half of all British hospitals. British Health Secretary, Alan Milburn, has been quoted as telling friends that the findings in the government report are “grotesque” and the most shocking he has ever read. Parents and loved ones have had to bear the hardships of the revelations. Some have had to reopen their children’s graves three or four times to ensure that they had buried them intact, according to the Observer. For more see the Observer and the Telegraph reports:,6903,429980,00.html


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