Private Autopsy and Tissue Recovery

AutopsyAn independent autopsy provides cause and manner of death, and answers any remaining questions.

About 20 percent of US deaths are subject to investigation by coroners or medical examiners. While autopsies are often done during the course of an investigation, they are not always required. Each case is individually evaluated to determine a cause and manner of death. In cases where there is already sufficient evidence to determine cause and manner, it may be adjudicated that no autopsy is required. If such a determination cannot be made, the law may require an autopsy to establish the facts. Such autopsies do not require the family’s permission and are conducted at taxpayer expense. If not otherwise ordered, families have the right to request an autopsy at their own expense.

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult times for a family. It is a time of strong emotion, uncertainties and feelings of helplessness. In the midst of this tempest of emotion, a family must still draw sufficient strength to make the many arrangements necessary for the final disposition of the deceased.

Sometimes the circumstances of death are clear and unambiguous, answers are forthcoming, and the process moves forward. Healing and recovery can begin. Yet in other cases, whether the loss is sudden or expected, the surviving family may experience guilt or may have doubts about what has happened. They often experience unfamiliar feelings, including a desperate need for answers to help with closure. Without an autopsy, discharging the uncertainty and grief can be a far slower process, making things more difficult and painful while arranging for final disposition and a settling of affairs.

Tissue Recovery

Progress in treating common and rare diseases often hinges on access to both normal and diseased human tissues. But these donated tissues are often in short supply. Companies work  with a vast network of research institutes throughout the World to assist in the recovery of normal and disease tissue that will be used specifically for medical research. They  also assist families who are interested in having their loved one donate normal and diseased tissue for the advancement of medical research by connecting them with various organizations. They will then assist in the recovery of the required tissue to be sent off for research purposes. These companies  recover tissue all over the World and have a vast network of professionals who work together with  the research centers  to ensure proper consent of family members, proper recovery of tissues, and proper shipment of tissue in a timely manner.

These are NOT an organ procurement organization. This requires strict guidelines put forth by the FDA of which we do not provide such services. Procurement services are for the recovery of tissue that will be used in living patients at a future date. Our services are for the recovery of tissue that will be sent off to a research center and used specifically for research and NOT organ/tissue donation for living patients.

National Autopsy and Tissue Recovery Services 

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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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