Parents of dead teen sue after his brain is spotted on display in NY morgue
A Staten Island couple are suing New York City after learning that their dead son’s brain was on display at a city morgue.
Jesse Shipley was 17 when he died in a car crash in 2005.
Andre and Korisha Shipley say they had no idea his brain was removed during an autopsy until some of the teen’s classmates at Port Richmond High School spotted it floating in a jar on a field trip.
“The ME’s office told the parents the brain was held for tests with other brains, but the parents said they were never informed,” reports CBS 2. “So, the parents won a court order for the return of the organ, and their son was buried a second time.”
“We had no idea. We had to go dig it up to bury the rest of his remains with his body,” Andre said.
“The body has to be exhumed. Body parts were actually sewn into the cavity of Jesse’s corpse, and a second burial had to take place,” attorney Anthony Galante said.
The boy’s mother said she wants to know why she was never informed that the brain was held back.
“I am destroyed. I am destroyed and I will live with this for the rest of my life,” Korisha said.
A city doctor said the brain had been kept for additional tests related to the autopsy.
A city attorney says officials are “evaluating our legal options” for resolving the case.
Source: AP News
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