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Over 80,000 pieces of tissue and organs that have been stored for years after
collection during autopsies at the L. Greenberg Institute for Forensic
Medicine at Abu Kabir will be buried within three months, Health Ministry
director- general Prof. Ronni Gamzu promised on Tuesday.
He was speaking
before the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which held a session
on a journalistic report that human tissue has been kept at the institute
instead of being buried with the deceased from whom it was taken.
families of the deceased did not know anything about this issue before the
report appeared in a newspaper.
MKs Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) and
Rachel Adatto (Kadima) continued the discussion, which they initiated at a
committee session last month. Another session will be held with the
participation of the attorney-general and the state attorney, who will report on
regulations and directives for usage of tissue removed during
Gamzu disclosed that he had decided to bring an end to the
“We will contact the families and inform them
about the body parts at the institute and ask [the families] to have them
buried,” he said. “If in the future, there will be a need to keep preserved
tissues, we will take a microscopic sample [histological block], except in
special cases in which taking organs are ordered by a court.”
Attorney Moshe Lador said, “We have come a long way towards respecting the dead.
Recently we have installed an MRI scanner meant to reduce the number of
autopsies [significantly]. The subject is important and sensitive for the
From now on, we will act in a sensitive and proper
manner,” Lador continued. “We must honor the dead but also find out the truth
about the causes and factors in unnatural deaths.”
The rabbi of the
forensic institute, Ya’akov Roget, asked that the Religious Services Ministry be
involved in the burials.
Adatto, a physician by profession, objected to
the decision that the families must cover the cost of burying the human tissues.
“Why should they have to pay? A family that did not request that the organs be
preserved should not have to be billed,” she argued.
Maklev asked Lador
and Gamzu to write a directive for cases which require autopsies, specifying the
size of the operation and the length of time the tissues and organs should be
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