The doctor purchased bodies from funeral homes for up to $1000 per body. Sometimes he would order his crew to replace the bones with PVC piping, a move that eventually got him arrested. He and his crew did not test the corpses for cancer, HIV, or any disease that could infect a recipient. Several living recipients accused Mastromarino's company of negligence and the direct cause of their new diseases/infections.
This got me thinking. We all know that we can donate our body parts, but what about selling them off? Why not cut out the middle man (the harvester) and sell them wholesale or directly to the hospitals? Yes, quite a gruesome thought during the holiday season, but what else would you expect from a horror writer?
|Notice the PVC piping.|
What usually happens is the government gives the corpse to doctors and hospitals who in turn make money off of the parts while harvesting the organs and implanting them in patients. Organ transportation companies also get their fair share of the profits; and the families of the deceased get nothing.
So why be an organ donor? I suppose on some level it doesn't matter. Someone like Dr. Mastromarino can just steal the body parts, provide phony documentation, and then have the body cremated without anyone knowing. I doubt he is the only one who has thought of this scam. But for those who play by the rules and get possession of legitimate donors, why shouldn't the family be compensated? Shouldn't families of the dead or even the living have the right to sell off organs? Leave a comment. Love to know what you think.