Covid victim ‘dissected in front of paying audience without family’s consent’

The body of a Covid-19 victim was allegedly dissected in front of a paying audience without his family's consent.

David Saunders died from coronavirus at the age of 98 in the US state of Oregon.

His family reportedly found out about what happened to his body after death when local news in Portland reported on the Oddities and Curiosities Expo after the event had taken place on October 17.

It has been claimed that audience members shelled out $500 (£366) per ticket for the event at a local Marriott hotel.

The event was said to feature “occult art and sideshow performances”, and is supposed to showcase “all things weird.”

Funeral director Mike Clark, who was led to believe the body was being donated to science – which is what the man's family also thought was happening – told local news outlets: “It makes me really feel saddened that this gentleman was not given the dignity and the respect that he deserved and what he thought and his family thought that would be happening to his body.

“I was totally horrified.

“Our whole staff was horrified that this is what had happened to a gentleman that he and his family thought that his body was going for the advancement of medical students.”

Mr Clark had reportedly prepared the body before it was given to Med Ed Labs, a Las Vegas company.

However, Jeremy Ciliberto, who organised the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, told local news channels that Mr Saunders and his family did give consent.

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He said: “I can guarantee that that man knew his body would be used for medical research.”

But Med Ed Labs accused Mr Ciliberto of being “beyond dishonest” about his intent for the body.

Chief medical death investigator for the Multnomah County, Oregon Medical Examiner, Kimberly DiLeo said: “We feel that this was not respectful and certainly not ethical.

Another event was due to be held in Seattle on Halloween, but it was cancelled following bad publicity coming from the autopsy event.

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