>> When her husband's body was donated to science,
never imagined someone would make money from selling it.>> These people, all they wanted was profit, they weren't in it for the science.>> Now, following a Reuters investigation, two major dot hospitals have stopped importing on ethical grounds, from so-called body brokers in the US.
Companies that obtain the dead, often through donations, and sell their parts for a profit. The hospitals of Rotterdam's Erasmus Hospital, which bought shoulder and knee joints. In the Netherlands' largest hospital Amsterdam's Academic Medical Center or AMC which bought heads.>> And for our younger doctors->> Young doctors in particular operate on the heads to first carry out operations on such heads before they can operate on patients.
>> Earlier this year, Reuters revealed that one body broker under investigation by the FBI used a Dutch hub. To distribute tens of thousands of kilograms of human body parts across Europe since 2012. That company is Medcure, which US authorities suspect sell body parts tainted with disease. Medcure says it's an accredited and regulated institution, which adheres the best in class industry standards.
In the past, one of Medcure clients was AMC, but the hospital is also severing ties with its current supplier, Science Care, one of the biggest US body brokers. Science Care says it's not under FBI investigation and follows all regulations and uses an extensive medical screening process. Nevertheless, its business model has worried some Dutch lawmakers and doctors.
>> We understand that Science Care is aggressively soliciting in retirement homes and hospices.>> In the US, many body brokers offer families free cremation in return for donating a body, a potential saving of up to $1,000.>> When did my husband's body parts become like car parts?>> But for Marie Gallegos, the industry stripped her husband of his dignity in death.