Wife shocked to learn the body of a dissected husband at a pay-per-view event – National

Elsie Saunders does not know where the body of her late husband is.

What’s worse is that the Louisiana old man isn’t even sure what’s left of her husband after his body was used for a public autopsy about which she wasn’t informed.

Saunders, 92, opined that her husband’s remains are being donated to science after he died of complications from COVID-19 in August. Instead she learned, after the fact, that his body had undergone a public autopsy in an Oregon hotel ballroom, and that tickets had been sold to see the body dissected.

“I didn’t know he was going to be … exposed as a bear or anything,” Saunders told NBC News about her husband, David, a World War II veteran who died at the age of 98.

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The 70 viewers of the autopsy paid between $ 100 and $ 500 to watch the show, which was put on by the company Death Science as part of the touring Oddities and Curiosities Expo.

Saunders heard about her late husband’s involvement in the autopsy after a Seattle news station photojournalist attended the class.

Saunders said her husband agreed to donate his body to Louisiana State University for medical research, but because he died of COVID-19, the school will not take it.

So, she says, his body arrived at Las Vegas-based Med Ed Labs – an organization that solicits body donations for research – which then turned around and sold the body to the autopsy event.

Death science offers live cadaver dissection courses, as well as various e-learning courses examining the science of death using graphic and realistic techniques.

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“In this workshop, we will observe a forensic autopsy on a full human corpse. Death Science medical professionals will guide us through a formal autopsy,” reads a description of the event on the Death Science website.

“From the external body examination to the removal of vital organs, including the brain, we will find new perspectives on how the human body can tell a story. There will be several opportunities for attendees to take a close and personal look at the corpse.”

Shortly after the event took place, Death Science sent an email to the members of the paying audience, urging them to be tested on COVID-19.

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Obteen Nassiri, a representative of Med Ed Labs, later offered an apology to Saunders, saying they were not aware of Death Science’s plan for the body, and acknowledged that they should have been more diligent.

“We don’t engage the bodies of donors in any kind of shows with which it has been involved,” Nassiri said.

Despite the apology, Saunders says she continues to falter from the events.

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“As far as I’m concerned, it’s terrible, unethical, and I just don’t have the words to describe it,” she told The Advocate. “I have all these documents that say his body would be used for science – nothing about this commercialization of his death.”

A local undertaker offered to track down Saunders’ husband’s remains and cremate them, free of charge.

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