Final Burial of Alder Hey Baby Organs; Service to Be Held

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Byline: GARY STEWART

THE last unclaimed body parts belonging to babies caught up in the Alder Hey organ scandal will be buried this month.

The interment of tissue samples, organs and foetuses on January 29, will be followed by a memorial service next month and the dedication of a memorial garden, the Liverpool hospital said.

It comes more than ten years after it emerged Alder Hey had stripped hundreds of dead babies of their organs without the permission of relatives.

Body parts, some of which were also obtained by other hospitals, were then secretly held for medical research.

Burial services for unclaimed remains have been taking place weekly since May last year at Allerton Cemetery, where the memorial garden has been established.

Paula O'Leary, of the Alder Hey parents' support group PITY II, said she believes the remains have not been claimed because parents are unaware their children were affected.

Her 11-month-old son Andrew had his heart and 36 other body parts taken following his death from a brain haemorrhage in 1981.

Mrs O'Leary, 50, from Bootle, said: "This happened for many years at different hospitals and people simply don't know that their child could be involved. …