Magazine article New Internationalist

Follow the Bodies

Magazine article New Internationalist

Follow the Bodies

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In the early days of the Organs Watch project, when I was first looking into the rumours of 'body snatching' and 'organ stealing' among shantytown dwellers in northeast Brazil, my husband, then a clinical social worker at a large US paediatric hospital, returned home one evening elated and deeply moved. He had witnessed a paediatric transplant that had saved the life of a mortally ill youngster.

Michael was almost beside himself in sharing the miraculous event. Distracted, I looked up from my writing desk and replied: 'Really! Whose organ?' My husband's anger at my 'heartless' question, something only an oddball anthropologist would even think to ask, made me realize that, to the contrary, it was a question that had to be asked.

My naïve question and my equally naïve method - 'follow the bodies!' - brought me to police morgues, hospital mortuaries, medical-legal institutes, intensive care units, dialysis units, blood labs and organ banks all over the world. …

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