Specialist medical lawyers representing a woman whose baby son's organs were kept in a Birmingham mortuary for 15 years, have called for an urgent independent public inquiry to discover the scale of the situation.
Mandy Luckman, a partner and medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, said:
"The information my client has been given by the Head of Environmental health is deeply concerning...
... Under no circumstances should the organs of a deceased baby or adult be kept without permission of their family…
... We would like to know what efforts have been made by the appropriate authorities to communicate with families about what has gone on, why it is only now these details are emerging and what the authorities intend to do to."
A mother says she is 'stunned' after finding out her baby son's organs have been kept in a Birmingham mortuary for 15 years.
The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, was informed by the Head of Environmental Health and a police liaison officer that her son's organs have been kept for 15 years after he died of cot death.
I want to know why my son's organs were kept without my consent, which organs have been kept and whether any tests have been carried out on his organs over the last 15 years.
This was my son, a real human being, and not an object to be used for tests without my knowledge for years to come. I'm determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong and how many others are affected. It is the least we deserve and I owe it to my baby boy.
– Mother of boy whose organs have been stored for 15 years