Law Enforcement Overrides Organ Donation Consent from Young Murder Victim’s Family

From WISC-TV in Madison, WI:
Family of Brayden Turnbill blocked from donation organs
Rock Co. coroner says block organ donation is rare
 
 
MADISON, Wis. – WISC-TV has learned the family of a 5-year-old alleged child abuse victim was blocked from donating his organs.

The Dane County District Attorney’s Office confirms they filed a restraining order in the matter.

Dane County Medical Examiner’s Director of Operations Barry Irmen said this is the first time in the state that this has happened, and that his office and the DA’s office got a judge to block the organ donation to preserve evidence.

Five-year-old Brayden Turnbill died on Oct. 24 at UW Hospital after being taken from his home with head and chest injuries that investigators say were from child abuse.

Turnbill’s family members said they consented to donating his organs, but Assistant District Attorney Tom Fallon confirms that the DA’s office stepped in, arguing to Judge Peter Anderson in a morning hearing on Oct. 24 that the body needed to remain completely intact to determine the cause and manner of death. Those court proceedings are sealed, but Anderson granted the restraining order and Turnbill had life support removed and died that evening.

Read more: http://www.channel3000.com/news/family-of-brayden-turnbill-blocked-from-donating-organs/-/1648/23057196/-/wcgm6k/-/index.html

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Tissue Seizure Raises Specter of Tainted Medicine

An investigation is underway following the seizure in Ukraine of a minibus containing packaged human tissue bound for Germany.

Biologics are medical products manufactured from tissue such as bone, skin, arteries and ligaments harvested from cadavers. They are used in a wide range of procedures, from treating psoriasis and back pain to burns, knee and spinal surgery to dental implants.

The minibus was bound for Tutogen Medical GmbH, a processing facility owned by RTI Biologics of Alachua, Fla. A review of federal contracts shows RTI has supplied biologics to Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department hospitals around the world. See the whole article… http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/08/23/tissue-seizure-raises-specter-of-tainted-medicine.html

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