Tarry for the Nonce

August 4, 2005

I Don’t Understand the Parisians

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:33 pm

Not that medical science has much respect for human life as it is:

A day after officials said 351 stillborn babies and fetuses were kept at Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital’s morgue — some for two decades — more than 100 worried families called a hotline to inquire about their cases, hospital authorities said . . .

At the hospital in southern Paris, some jars in the morgue contained autopsied bodies, and others, dismembered body parts. The oldest remains dated from 1985, and around 20 bodies had been conserved in the last year, Paris hospital officials said . . .

“There was no reason why those bodies should have been kept,” Rosemarie Van Lerberghe, general director of the Paris public hospital system, said at a news conference . . .

Health Minister Xavier Bertrand described his shock at visiting the morgue, saying that the remains were stored in “disgraceful” conditions.

“I still have these disturbing images in my mind, these sacks and bottles of formaldehyde spread out,” he told Le Parisien newspaper.

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7 Comments

  1. “I still have these disturbing images in my mind, these sacks and bottles of formaldehyde spread out,” he told Le Parisien newspaper.

    gee, I sure feel sorry for Health Minister Xavier Bertrand, don’t you?

    Comment by auntlori — August 4, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

  2. I don’t think you can blame “Parisians” about this. It seems like sloppy and disrespectful work on the part of the morgue staff. I mean, if the “Parisians” were ok with this kind of thing, would this even be news?

    Comment by Mark — August 5, 2005 @ 9:55 am

  3. I don’t think you can blame “Parisians” about this.

    Oh, I don’t. I just wanted to use the line from Gigi.

    Comment by laura — August 5, 2005 @ 10:37 am

  4. …I blame them…

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 5, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

  5. Every dead body is sacred too?

    Comment by Troy — August 8, 2005 @ 9:52 am

  6. Every dead body is sacred too?

    It is when “Current French law calls for bodies of unclaimed stillborn babies to be cremated within 10 days. Fetuses cannot be used for medical purposes except with the parents’ explicit consent. In that case, the bodies must be cremated within six months.”

    Comment by laura — August 8, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

  7. Didn’t this happen like a year ago or so here in the US at some clinic or hospital? Hmm…wonder if there’s a conspiracy afoot. Trying to find the story now…

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 8, 2005 @ 1:49 pm


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