Monday, September 04, 2006

English Blood, Irish Heart ...

The body of a British tourist who died on holiday in Ireland was flown back to the UK with an extra heart and pair of lungs, it emerged last night. The extra organs were found in a plastic bag stitched inside the body of Louis Selo, 55, by a pathologist who performed a second post mortem once the body was back in Britain.

4 comments:

Dr Dan H. said...

I really do fail to see what the great fuss is about here. The man was dead, as in not living and not ever going to live.

His body was going to be either cremated or buried; either way everything organic was due to get returned to the planetary carbon cycle.

What does it matter that there's some other carbon other than the stuff you expected to be there?

Were this such a terrible thing to happen, families would presumably be asking that the foreign organs in transplant patients be carefully removed prior to burial/cremation, yet this doesn't happen.

Same thing for the "bits removed at post mortem" scandals; what the hell does it matter? The whole lot's going to get destroyed anyway and it isn't as if anybody's going to notice at the funeral.

Honestly, sometimes I despair at the stupidity of the general public sometimes...

JuliaM said...

"Were this such a terrible thing to happen, families would presumably be asking that the foreign organs in transplant patients be carefully removed prior to burial/cremation, yet this doesn't happen."

I suspect the families of transplant patients are likely to be fully aware and accepting of the 'foreign' organs residing inside them.

Not quite the same situation as finding some bits of some other families' loved ones shoved unceremoniously inside your dearly departed like so much butchers scrap,is it...?

Presumably, the relatives of these patients might like their departed's remains back, to give them a proper burial, if they are unaware of it too.

"Honestly, sometimes I despair at the stupidity of the general public sometimes"

Oh, I'm with you there, 'doc'. I despair at the insensitivity, arrogance, slapdash work and callous disregard of some of the medical profession, too.....

Anonymous said...

Not quite the same situation as finding some bits of some other families' loved ones shoved unceremoniously inside your dearly departed like so much butchers scrap,is it...?

Well, it is butcher's scrap really, isn't it? I mean, what are the family going to do with it? Feed it to the dog?

JuliaM said...

"I mean, what are the family going to do with it?"

Bury it, cremate it - just as they did with the rest of their relative.