A Navy medical examiner found out the hard way the level of respect required when transporting organs of deceased service members.
Dr. Mark E. Shelly was tasked with transporting the brain of a service member from a naval hospital in Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in December. But before the brain reached its destination, Shelly took it to his home in Virginia Beach.
He removed it from the specimen jar, held it and allowed his children to handle the brain while his wife took photographs, according to Virginia Board of Medicine records. The next day, Shelly took the brain to the medical center for a neuropathological examination to complete an autopsy.
Note that this was a service member; could you imagine what’d happen in the case of a civilian?
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