Scandal of the organ snatchers: THE BABY BUTCHER; He stole their hearts, brains, lungs, kidneys, livers, eyes, stomachs.. EVERYTHING but their souls.
A DOCTOR who stripped organs from hundreds of dead babies was branded a cruel butcher last night.
Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen, 51, removed hearts, brains, lungs, kidneys, livers, eyes and stomachs - even skins and tongues.
He was meant to be researching cot death. Instead, he simply piled the body parts in jars and lied to parents who thought they had buried their tots intact.
Van Velzen, who worked at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital, could now be prosecuted followed a damning report into his "excessive, illegal and unethical" conduct yesterday.
The report also revealed that jars at Liverpool University's Institute of Child Health contained babies' heads, the head of an 11-year-old boy and the bodies of twins.
Health Secretary Alan Milburn told MPs: "Van Velzen must never be allowed to practice again in this country."
The report came as it was revealed that a horrifying 105,000 organs, body parts, dead babies and foetuses are currently being stored nationwide.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 31, 2001|
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