What happens to bodies donated to research? I'm Azcentral reporter Stephanie Innes and I've extensively covered Arizona's unregulated body donation industry. AMA!
I’m Stephanie Innes, a health-care reporter with The Arizona Republic and the USA TODAY Network. I focus on patient safety, hospital quality, consumer experiences and health policy. I’ve exposed patient safety problems with electronic medical records in Arizona hospitals, covered the rape of an incapacitated patient at a local care facility who shocked staff when she gave birth, and have written numerous stories about falling vaccination rates and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
My latest work focuses on the mystery of body donation and the ways bodies are cut up and sold in pieces by for-profit companies. I also explore a cryonics facility, where patients’ bodies are frozen after they die in a way that may allow them to one day live again.
In Arizona, an estimated 4,000 people donate their bodies to science each year -That’s roughly five times the national rate. But right now there’s no local oversight over Arizona businesses that accept “whole-body donations” and sell them, often in parts.
EDIT: Thank you for tuning in! That's all the time I have for now, but I will be checking back to answer more of your questions over the next few days. For more, visit https://www.azcentral.com/in-depth/news/local/arizona-health/2019/06/10/arizona-has-thriving-business-based-whole-body-donations-donate-body-to-science/3579828002/