A former body donation center based in Arizona is facing multiple lawsuits after the FBI raided and found body parts stacked on top of each other, a head attached to another body, a cooler filled with penises, reportedly according to court documents released this month.
The now shut-down Biological Resource Center was just one of the several places that accept body parts for profit in the state, a report stated.
A number of 33 plaintiffs currently suing the company said that it obtained the bodies of their relatives on the basis of “false statements,” and they were not treated with the dignity and respect they deserved, according to AZ Central. The lawsuit is set for trial next October.
Back in 2015, Stephen Gore, the owner of the company pleaded guilty for running an illegal enterprise after it was found he used body elements in ways donors had not allowed, and selling vendors contaminated tissue, Az Central reported.
The Biological Resource Center was allegedly selling headless bodies for $2900, a leg for $1100, and a torso for $2400 back in 2013, according to AZ Central.
Here is a more extended version of the price list:
- Whole body with no shoulders or head: $2,900.
- Torso with head: $2,400.
- Whole spine: $950.
- Whole leg: $1,100.
- Whole foot: $450.
- Knee: $375.
- Pelvis: $400.
Mr. Gore does not hold any certifications or licenses related to body donations, prosecutors reportedly stated. In the past, he has said that the industry has essentially “no formal regulations.”
“I could have been more open about the process of donation on the brochure we put in public view,” Mr. Gore reportedly wrote. “When deciding which donors could be eligible to donate, I should have hired a medical director rather than relying on medical knowledge from books or the internet.”
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