Tuesday, April 7, 2009

No Recourse for Widow of Man Who Donated Body to University, Which Lost the Body

The Los Angeles Times reports, "The widow of a man who donated his body to UC Irvine -- which lost track of it -- failed Monday in her 10-year-fight to hold the university accountable." The California Supreme Court unanimously "held that family members have little say in what happens to a loved one's body if the donor signed an agreement with the receiving institution and the institution complied with it." The court said, "State law 'does not impose a duty on UCI to conduct its teaching and research in such a way as to safeguard the sensibilities of the surviving family members.'"

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