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Old 02-14-2008, 11:41 AM
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Exclamation Businessman dies from human form of mad cow's disease after eye operation

Businessman dies from human form of mad cow's disease after eye operation

Last updated at 12:29pm on 14th February 2008


A businessman has died from the human form of mad cow's disease just months
before he was set to marry his sweetheart.

Guy Massey, 53, had the rare killer disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which his
family believe could have been triggered by an eye operation years earlier.

The incurable degenerative brain disorder is incurable and Mr Massey, from
near Sudbury in Suffolk, died just 10 weeks after he was diagnosed and eight
months before he was due to marry fiancee Angela Smith.

Miss Smith, who acted as a 24-hour carer for Guy during his final days, said
they were able to have their relationship blessed before he died on January
28.


Guy Massey died 10 weeks after being diagnosed with variant CJD, the human
form of mad cow's disease which his family believe he contracted after an
eye operation years earlier


Variant CJD (vCID) is believed to be a human form of mad cow's disease and
only affects a handful of people in the UK each year.

Mr Massey's family believe a cornea graft operation he had seven years ago
at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, might have brought on its
development.

Ms Smith said he had the operation in 2001 and his family said it appeared
to have been a success.

But she noticed last August he had started having problems with his memory
and balance and on November 13 doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital diagnosed
him with vCJD.

Miss Smith said: "It is still such a shock that he contracted CJD. We think
it must have been related to the eye operation as there is nothing else it
could have been.

"It was a few years ago but then he suddenly started showing symptoms in
August. We are told the main signs are staggering, a loss of short-term
memory and a sweet tooth - and he had all three.

"But Guy never had any anger or was upset by what had happened. If it had
been me, I would have been absolutely furious but he never had any
complaints."

Angela, a medical secretary at Long Melford, said his medical cause of death
was CJD and hypo-static pneumonia.

Mr Massey's heartbroken mother, Barbara, said he had fought the deadly
disease with "great dignity and politeness".

"He was a wonderful son and very popular. He had more than 100 people at his
funeral. We couldn't get any more in the church," she said

"Guy was wonderfully diverse and fairly outgoing, though not exuberant. It
is something that never should have happened but there is absolutely no cure
for CJD.

"His death was very sudden - the shock of him having basically mad cow's
disease in human form was terrible. He was due to get married - it was all
planned and it is so tragic."

A spokesman for West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We would like to
offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Guy Massey for their loss. We
are happy to discuss any concerns the family may have.

"We have checked our records and have received no complaints from the family
in the last seven years. Cases of CJD are extremely rare in the UK.

"Generally speaking, people diagnosed with AIDS, cancer or CJD are not able
to be donors, which reduces the risk of another person getting such diseases
through a transplant."

A spokesman for the Health Protection Agency, which aims to protect people
from infectious disease, said most cases of CJD have no known cause and that
the iatrogenic strain, occurring accidentally through medical or surgical
procedures, is very rare.

He said: "When any case of CJD is reported, the local health protection unit
works closely with the National CJD Surveillance Unit which coordinates and
decides of any further investigation of the circumstances of any possible
cause of the patient's illness."


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770



Cadaver corneal transplants -- without family permission...

http://www.mad-cow.org/~tom/dec99_news.html#bbb

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Sept. 15, 2000, 11:39PM

Slain woman's family sues over
missing eyes

By BILL MURPHY
Copyright 2000 Houston Chronicle

The family of a woman who was stabbed to death last year has
filed a lawsuit accusing the Lions Eye Bank of Houston of
removing the woman's eyes without permission and inserting
plastic discs in their place.

Daisy Diaz's relatives were horrified when they saw her body
and noticed her eyes were missing, said their lawyer, Duncan
Neblett III.

"They're a Catholic family," Neblett said. "They have strong
beliefs about the body and burial. They were really upset by
this."

Dorey Zidrow, the eye bank's spokeswoman, said she could
not specifically discuss the Diaz case because it was in litigation.
But Zidrow said a state law allows doctors to remove corneas
-- the dime-sized lens near the eye's surface -- from a corpse
without the family's permission.

The eye bank's usual procedure calls for removing the corneas,
Zidrow said, but not the entire eyes.

"There are an awful lot of people who benefit from this program
in the state of Texas," she said.

Diaz, 25, was stabbed to death in her apartment in the 400
block of Thornton in October. Her brother-in-law, 30-year-old
Raudel Quiroz, is charged in the killing but has not been caught.

Neblett said authorities have told him Quiroz may have returned
to his native Guatemala.

Neither Diaz nor her family had given permission to donate any
of her organs, Neblett said.

Although state law allows corneas to be removed from corpses
without first gaining the family's permission, they cannot be
removed over the family's stated objection.

The eye bank is located at, and staffed by, the Baylor College
of Medicine, and receives part of its funding from the Lions
Club.

The Diaz lawsuit is the second such suit to be filed against the
eye bank in recent years.

The family of Levi Perry Jr., a Houston teacher shot to death in
MacGregor Park in 1994, also alleged in their suit that Perry's
eyes were removed. The family was awarded $345,000 from
the eye bank in April 1999.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.ht...politan/669555


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THE LEGALITY OF STEALING ORGAN/TISSUE...

TEXAS STATUTES

Sec. 693.012. Removal of Corneal Tissue Permitted Under Certain
Circumstances.

On a request from an authorized official of an eye bank for corneal
tissue, a justice of the peace or medical examiner may permit the
removal of corneal tissue if:

(1) the decedent from whom the tissue is to be removed died under
circumstances requiring an inquest by the justice of the peace or
medical examiner;

(2) no objection by a person listed in Section 693.013 is known by the
justice of the peace or medical examiner; and

(3) the removal of the corneal tissue will not interfere with the
subsequent course of an investigation or autopsy or alter the decedent's
postmortem facial appearance.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Note: This information includes legislation enacted through the 75th
Congress. The 76th session of the Texas Legislature has concluded. The
State of Texas has not yet made the new codes available to the public.
Until they do, search the bill text for any changes or amendments.

Search 1999 Legislation for: 693.012
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TEXAS STATUTES
Sec. 693.003. Consent Required in Certain Circumstances.

(a) A medical examiner or a person acting on the authority of a medical
examiner may not remove a visceral organ unless the medical examiner
or person obtains the consent of a person listed in Section 693.004.

(b) If a person listed in Section 693.004 is known and available within
four hours after death is pronounced, a medical examiner or a person
acting on the authority of a medical examiner may not remove a
nonvisceral organ or tissue unless the medical examiner or person
obtains that person's consent.

(c) If a person listed in Section 693.004 cannot be identified and
contacted within four hours after death is pronounced and the medical
examiner determines that no reasonable likelihood exists that a person
can be identified and contacted during the four-hour period, the medical
examiner may permit the removal of a nonvisceral organ or tissue.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Note: This information includes legislation enacted through the 75th
Congress. The 76th session of the Texas Legislature has concluded. The
State of Texas has not yet made the new codes available to the public.
Until they do, search the bill text for any changes or amendments.

Search 1999 Legislation for: 693.003
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PLEASE NOTE; the bottom would only pertain to those who know of the
law. if you don't know about it, you cannot dispute, so in four hours,
they can legally remove body organs, as long as they don't disfigure.
and who is to know the difference? makes me wonder of some of my dead
relatives, and if they were burried with their eye's and or any of their
organs. This is very disturbing, if not for moral reasons, but for the
risk of dangerous pathogens (human TSE's, etc.) to be transmitted. only
time will tell, but i am very disturbed.
these laws are not morally correct. They should be re-written as to they
cannot so easily take your organs, with no one knowing. The Family or
Victim, must consent. There should be some kind of research
on donor/family medical history...TSS
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Sec. 693.013. Persons Who May Object to Removal.

The following persons may object to the removal of corneal tissue:

(1) the decedent's spouse;

(2) the decedent's adult children, if there is no spouse;

(3) the decedent's parents, if there is no spouse or adult child; or

(4) the decedent's brothers or sisters, if there is no spouse, adult
child, or parent.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Note: This information includes legislation enacted through the 75th
Congress. The 76th session of the Texas Legislature has concluded. The
State of Texas has not yet made the new codes available to the public.
Until they do, search the bill text for any changes or amendments.

Search 1999 Legislation for: 693.013
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to cover one's butt....

Sec. 693.014. Immunity From Damages in Civil Action.

(a) In a civil action brought by a person listed in Section 693.013 who
did not object before the removal of corneal tissue, a medical examiner,
justice of the peace, or eye bank official is not liable for damages on
a theory of civil recovery based on a contention that the person's
consent was required before the corneal tissue could be removed.

(b) Chapter 104, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, applies to a justice
of the peace, medical examiner, and their personnel who remove, permit
removal, or deny removal of corneal tissue under this subchapter as if
the justice of the peace, medical examiner, and their personnel were
state officers or employees.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Note: This information includes legislation enacted through the 75th
Congress. The 76th session of the Texas Legislature has concluded. The
State of Texas has not yet made the new codes available to the public.
Until they do, search the bill text for any changes or amendments.

Search 1999 Legislation for: 693.014

[[[as you can see, they knew it was wrong when they wrote the laws. or
they would not have covered the rear-ends so well...TSS]]]
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thanks again,
kind regards,
Terry S. Singeltary Sr.


http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/



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Old 02-14-2008, 03:23 PM
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good grief! another reason I'm glad I don't live in Texas! This is astonishing! Thanks for posting. And I also didn't realize vCJD can happen years after a surgical procedure! The part about the blood donor's is total nonsense then isn't it? How can they know it's safe?
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