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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (
Subject: EYE BANK OFFERS COURTESY TO VICTIMS, but can still legally steal there tissues/organs and pass infectious disease to others
Date: January 10, 2005 at 11:09 am PST

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Subject: EYE BANK OFFERS COURTESY TO VICTIMS, but can still legally steal there tissues/organs and pass infectious disease to others
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 11:35:51 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Eye bank offers courtesy
to victims' families

>From staff reports

GALVESTON - The Southwest Texas Lions Eye
Bank in Galveston strives to make the families of
potential organ donors feel comfortable with their

It's a courtesy the eye bank  which is affiliated with
the Lion's Club and located within the department of oph-
thalmology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston  doesn't even have to grant a person's next of

"(Texas law) allows that the medical examiner has legal
custody and control of the deceased in his or her care and
can allow organ and tissue banks to recover donor tissue
without expressed signed or implied consent from the
legal next of kin," said Rosemary Moore, the adminis-
trator of the eye bank. Moore and Wayne Lange are the
only two employees at the bank and are on call 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.

"Our eye bank has never subscribed to the medical ex-
aminer's law," she said, "as we feel every effort should be
made to contact the next of kin and have a dialogue with

Moore, a member of the Galveston Lions Club, said the
bank contacts a patient's family to "assure them that we
have respect for the donor and that we will adhere to
their wishes."

Eye tissues collected by the bank are used for corneal
transplants and sclera repair surgeries.

The members of the International Lions Club con-
tribute time, money and volunteer hours to provide eye
exams, glasses and surgery to people throughout the

Moore said the eye bank also tries to educate people
about the need for transplantable tissues and also urges
people to have their vision examined.

For information, call (409) 747-5816.


FOR all the good the Lions Eye bank does,
I still find this law very very disturbing;

>"(Texas law) allows that the medical examiner has legal
>custody and control of the deceased in his or her care and
>can allow organ and tissue banks to recover donor tissue
>without expressed signed or implied consent from the
>legal next of kin," said Rosemary Moore

THIS law should be changed, if not for the simple reason
of the potential use of the law, and the ramifications from
infectious diseases such as the TSE agent i.e. CJD/FFI/GSS.
I was worried about it in 1999, and even more today, 2005.
EVEN worse, they have a law to cover there ass in case anyone
sues for stealing there loved ones organs. I am sure someone
is making a bundle, somewhere...

Eye procedure raises CJD concerns

By Steve Mitchell
Medical Correspondent

Washington, DC, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A New York man who died from a rare
brain disorder similar to mad cow disease in May underwent an eye
procedure prior to his death that raises concerns about the possibility
of transmitting the fatal disease to others, United Press International
has learned.

The development comes on the heels of the announcement Thursday by U.S.
Department of Agriculture officials of a possible second case of mad cow
disease in U.S. herds.

Richard Da Silva, 58, of Orange County, N.Y., died from Creutzfeldt
Jakob disease, an incurable brain-wasting illness that strikes about one
person per million.

Richard's wife Ann Marie Da Silva told UPI he underwent a check for the
eye disease glaucoma in 2003, approximately a year before his death. The
procedure involves the use of a tonometer, which contacts the cornea --
an eye tissue that can contain prions, the infectious agent thought to
cause CJD.

Ann Marie's concern is that others who had the tonometer used on them
could have gotten infected.

A 2003 study by British researchers suggests her concerns may be
justified. A team led by J.W. Ironside from the National
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit at the University of
Edinburgh examined tonometer heads and found they can retain cornea
tissue that could infect other people -- even after cleaning and
decontaminating the instrument.

"Retained corneal epithelial cells, following the standard
decontamination routine of tonometer prisms, may represent potential
prion infectivity," the researchers wrote in the British Journal of
Ophthalmology last year. "Once the infectious agent is on the cornea, it
could theoretically infect the brain."

Prions, misfolded proteins thought to be the cause of mad cow, CJD and
similar diseases, are notoriously difficult to destroy and are capable
of withstanding most sterilization procedures.

Laura Manuelidis, an expert on these diseases and section chief of
surgery in the neuropathology department at Yale University, agreed with
the British researchers that tonometers represent a potential risk of
passing CJD to other people.

Manuelidis told UPI she has been voicing her concern about the risks of
corneas since 1977 when her own study, published in the New England
Journal of Medicine, showed the eye tissue, if infected, could transmit CJD.

At the time the procedure was done on Richard Da Silva, about a year
before he died, she said it was "absolutely" possible he was infectious.

The CJD Incidents Panel, a body of experts set up by the U.K. Department
of Health, noted in a 2001 report that procedures involving the cornea
are considered medium risk for transmitting CJD. The first two patients
who have a contaminated eye instrument used on them have the highest
risk of contracting the disease, the panel said.

In 1999, the U.K. Department of Health banned opticians from reusing
equipment that came in contact with patients' eyes out of concern it
could result in the transmission of variant CJD, the form of the disease
humans can contract from consuming infected beef products.

Richard Da Silva was associated with a cluster of five other cases of
CJD in southern New York that raised concerns about vCJD.

None of the cases have been determined to stem from mad cow disease, but
concerns about the cattle illness in the United States could increase in
light of the USDA announcement Thursday that a cow tested positive on
initial tests for the disease. If confirmed, this would be the second
U.S. case of the illness; the first was detected in a Washington cow
last December. The USDA said the suspect animal disclosed Thursday did
not enter the food chain. The USDA did not release further details about
the cow, but said results from further lab tests to confirm the initial
tests were expected within seven days.

Ann Marie Da Silva said she informed the New York Health Department and
later the eye doctor who performed the procedure about her husband's
illness and her concerns about the risk of transmitting CJD via the

The optometrist -- whom she declined to name because she did not want to
jeopardize his career -- "didn't even know what this disease was," she said.

"He said the health department never called him and I called them (the
health department) back and they didn't seem concerned about it," she
added. "I just kept getting angrier and angrier when I felt I was being

She said the state health department "seems to have an attitude of don't
ask, don't tell" about CJD.

"There's a stigma attached to it," she said. "Is it because they're so
afraid the public will panic? I don't know, but I don't think that the
answer is to push things under the rug."

New York State Department of Health spokeswoman Claire Pospisil told UPI
she would look into whether the agency was concerned about the
possibility of transmitting CJD via tonometers, but she had not called
back prior to story publication.

Disposable tonometers are readily available and could avoid the risk of
transmitting the disease, Ironside and colleagues noted in their study.
Ann Marie Da Silva said she asked the optometrist whether he used
disposable tonometers and "he said 'No, it's a reusable one.'"

Ironside's team also noted other ophthalmic instruments come into
contact with the cornea and could represent a source of infection as
they are either difficult to decontaminate or cannot withstand the harsh
procedures necessary to inactivate prions. These include corneal burrs,
diagnostic and therapeutic contact lenses and other coated lenses.

Terry Singletary, whose mother died from a type of CJD called Heidenhain
Variant, told UPI health officials were not doing enough to prevent
people from being infected by contaminated medical equipment.

"They've got to start taking this disease seriously and they simply
aren't doing it," said Singletary, who is a member of CJD Watch and CJD
Voice -- advocacy groups for CJD patients and their families.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Christine
Pearson did not return a phone call from UPI seeking comment. The
agency's Web site states the eye is one of three tissues, along with the
brain and spinal cord, that are considered to have "high infectivity."

The Web site said more than 250 people worldwide have contracted CJD
through contaminated surgical instruments and tissue transplants. This
includes as many as four who were infected by corneal grafts. The agency
noted no such cases have been reported since 1976, when sterilization
procedures were instituted in healthcare facilities.

Ironside and colleagues noted in their study, however, many disinfection
procedures used on optical instruments, such as tonometers, fail. They
wrote their finding of cornea tissue on tonometers indicates that "no
current cleaning and disinfection strategy is fully effective."

Singletary said CDC's assertion that no CJD cases from infected
equipment or tissues have been detected since 1976 is misleading.

"They have absolutely no idea" whether any cases have occurred in this
manner, he said, because CJD cases often aren't investigated and the
agency has not required physicians nationwide report all cases of CJD.

"There's no national surveillance unit for CJD in the United States;
people are dying who aren't autopsied, the CDC has no way of knowing"
whether people have been infected via infected equipment or tissues, he

Ann Marie Da Silva said she has contacted several members of her state's
congressional delegation about her concerns, including Rep. Sue Kelly,
R-N.Y., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

"Basically, what I want is to be a positive force in this, but I also
want more of a dialogue going on with the public and the health
department," she said.

Copyright 2004 United Press International

Terry November 27th, 2004 12:47 AM

Cadaver corneal transplants -- without family permission

Houston, Texas channel 11 news 28 Nov 99
Reported by Terry S. Singeltary Sr.son of CJD victim

CJD and intraocular surgery

Ophthalmic surgery and Creutzfeldt-
Jakob disease

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Subject: Ophthalmic surgery and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 09:39:43 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

April 2004; Vol. 88, No. 4


Series editor: David Taylor
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Ophthalmic surgery and Creutzfeldt-
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P S-Juan, H J T Ward, R De Silva, R S G Knight, R G Will
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Although the evidence does not suggest that contaminated
ophthalmic instruments represent a risk of onward transmission of
sporadic CJD, this conclusion should be treated with caution
The occurrence of variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)
and the probable causal link with
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) in cattle have increased interest
in the search for possible environmental
sources of sporadic CJD (sCJD).
Presumed iatrogenic CJD is rare. Up to
the year 2000 there had been 267 cases
reported worldwide: three cases secondary
to human corneal grafting (one
confirmed, one probable, and one possible
case), 114 related to human dura
mater grafts, 139 related to human
growth hormone treatment, four related
to human pituitary gonadotrophin therapy,
and seven linked to neurosurgical
procedures or stereotactic EEG electrodes.
1 Because of the marked resistance
of the infectious agent of CJD to
conventional sterilisation techniques,
there is concern about the possibility of
transmission of infection via surgical
instruments in contact with infected
tissue, especially in neurosurgery or
ophthalmic surgery.


a bit of history;

The Eyes have it/CJD * and they could be stealing them from YOUR loved
one, hence the
spread of CJD (aka MADCOW DISEASE) will spread...




Testimony of Bess Believeaux, Lions Eye Bank of Central Texas
(Submission to the Jan. 18/19 meeting of the
TSE Advisory Committee)

TSS Submission to the same Committee;

Tissue Banks International (TBI), Gerald J Cole

re-use contact lenses

Blood Donation and vCJD

Lord Warner: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for
Health has made the following Written Ministerial Statement today.

My Statement on 17 December 2003 informed the House of the first case of
possible transmission of vCJD via blood transfusion and the actions
taken as a result of this case to protect future blood supplies. I
promised then to provide updates on any major changes.

My Statement of 16 March 2004 indicated that the Committee on the
Microbiological Safety of Blood and Tissue for Transplantation (MSBT)
had met at my request to consider whether further measures were needed.
The recommendations were to exclude from donating blood anyone who had
previously received transfusions of whole blood components since January
1980. These measures were introduced with effect from 5 April 2004.

MSBT met again on 29 June to review experience of these measures. The
committee recommended tightening the exclusion criteria for two groups
who have similarly received transfusions of whole blood components since

22 Jul 2004 : Column WS53

January 1980: previously transfused apheresis donors; and donors who
were unsure if they had previously had a blood transfusion.

Apheresis donors are a small pool of committed donors who make frequent
attendances to donate blood, where machine processing removes only
certain blood components and the rest is returned to the donor.

When actions were taken in April 2004 to exclude certain donors, neither
of these groups was excluded until any potential impact on the blood
supply became clearer.

In the light of experience since the exclusions came into effect, MSBT
has now advised that these groups can be excluded without adverse impact
on the blood supply. These new exclusions will take effect from 2 August.

In a separate development, a second case of possible vCJD prion
transmission via blood transfusion has now been confirmed. A patient in
the UK received a transfusion of blood in 1999 from a donor who
subsequently developed vCJD. Though the patient died of causes unrelated
to vCJD, abnormal prion protein has been found in spleen tissue. This
patient had a genetic type that differs from that so far found in
patients who have developed vCJD.

I understand that a detailed account of the case will be appearing soon
in the medical journal the Lancet. This new finding was referred to the
Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) and MSBT for expert
advice. SEAC agreed that this second patient with apparent vCJD
infection added to the evidence that the vCJD agent can be transmitted
by blood. MSBT concurred with this view, and has advised that no
additional public health measures are required to protect the blood
supply. This confirms the precautionary approach set out in my Statement
of 17 December.

> As I said, the Bill is brought forward as a response to the scandals
> revealed by the Alder Hey and Bristol inquiries. There can be no doubt
> that many people suffered when they discovered that the organs of
> their loved ones had been kept without their knowledge. We must not
> underestimate the pain endured by those who came to realiseoften many
> years laterthat the body of the child, husband or mother whom they
> had buried was incomplete. We must ensure that that does not happen
> again, and this legislation is key to ensuring just that.


> The need for this new legislation on human organs and tissue was
> recognised some three years ago. Before setting out the detail of the
> Bill, I think it would be helpful to recall some of the background. In
> 1999 and 2000 the inquiries at Bristol and Alder Hey left us in no
> doubt about the scale on which tissue and organs were being retained
> without the knowledge of families following post-mortems.
> The practice was not limited to those particular hospitals or to
> children's post-mortems. The report of the Isaacs inquiry more
> recently confirmed that large numbers of adult brains had been
> retained, again without the knowledge or consent of families,
> following coroners' post-mortems. A census of organ retention by NHS
> pathology services carried out by the Chief Medical Officer in 2000
> revealed that more than 100,000 hearts, brains, lungs and other organs
> were being kept. In Northern Ireland the Human Organs Inquiry
> confirmed that similar practices had occurred there. Part of the
> tragedy was that, ironically, in many cases the families concerned
> said that they would readily have accepted the use of their loved
> ones' tissue or organs for medical research, if only they had been asked.

Hundreds of children like Caroline had body parts sold to drug companies

18/08/2004 Caroline Keating

By Caroline ODoherty
SHOCKING new allegations have been made that the sale of human tissue to
drugs manufacturers was widespread, involving many hospitals and medical
companies and multiple body parts.
Parents for Justice claims it has information that the practice
continued from the 1960s to as recently as 2000 and that it was carried
on for profit, fuelling a multi-million euro international
pharmaceuticals industry.

Their sources say the trade, previously thought to be confined to
pituitary glands, extended to the supply of thyroid, adrenal and
pancreatic glands, all removed from deceased patients without their
families consent.

If the scale of the practice is as extensive as now feared, it would
mean many hundreds more babies, children and adults than originally
thought had organs removed without permission after their death and
passed on for unauthorised use and commercial gain.

The Department of Health last night urged Parents for Justice to come
forward with any new information it had and said it would investigate
any substantiated claims.

But the group insisted successive Governments must have known about the
practice as it would have required the issuing of export licences.

There has to have been higher knowledge, said chairwoman Fionnuala

The group is threatening to reveal all the hospitals and companies named
to it if they do not voluntarily disclose their involvement. No deadline
has been set for disclosure, but Ms OReilly said: We are not prepared
to wait months.

The claims were made as more hospitals confirmed they supplied pituitary
glands to Pharmacia Ireland, then called Kabi Vitrum, for the
manufacture of human growth hormones between 1977 and 1985.

One hospital, Tralee General, said yesterday it had supplied the glands
to another company, Novo Nordisk - the first such confirmation that more
than one firm was involved.

In common with statements from other health authorities, the Southern
Health Board said the glands were supplied without remuneration, but
Parents for Justice said it had seen evidence that payment was

It was profit, not just to cover the costs, said Ms OReilly.

She said there was a paper trail to back up the sources claims and that
members of the organisation had seen sufficient documentation to
convince them that they need not question the veracity of the information.

We are satisfied that this barbaric practice, which was motivated by
profit, was perpetrated by many hospitals.

This finally explains to the parents in this organisation the reason
why so many organs which were unrelated to the cause of death were
removed, she said.

A Department of Health spokesman said: The minister and department
would have encouraged all parties to be open and transparent and to
disclose all relevant material to the Dunne Inquiry and to give full
co-operation to the inquiry.

STRONG;What the hospitals admitted/STRONG;

Cork University Hospital supplied about 75 pituitary glands to Kabi
Vitrum Pharmaceuticals, now known as Pharmacia. No money was received.

Another company, Novo Nordisk, was given 36 glands by Tralee General
Hospital. No money was received.

Mullingar Regional Hospital admitted it provided pituitary glands to
Kabi Vitrum between 1981 and 1985. There are no records of the numbers
of families involved. No money was received.

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin wrote to around 20
parents to inform them that glands had been taken from their children.

The Coombe Women's Hospital in Dublin admitted it supplied an
undisclosed numer of pituitary glands to a drugs company.

Limerick Regional Hospital admitted it supplied pituitary glands to Kabi
Vitrium during the late 1970s and 1980s.

It contacted 80 families. Admitted it received a small sum for glands.

University College Hospital Galway admitted it entered into an
arrangement in the 1980s with Kabi Vitrum to collect pituitary glands.

An undisclosed number were collected mainly from adults but also
children until 1986. The proceeds went towards the purchase of textbooks.

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin said the former Jervis Street and Richmond
Hospitals, which it replaced, had supplied a number of glands to
Pharmacia for research purposes but it was not possible to identify the
individual patients involved.

STRONG;Carolines story/STRONG;

CAROLINE KEATING died unexpectedly just days short of her second
birthday from a post-operative infection at Dublins Our Ladys Hospital
for Sick Children in 1982.

Her parents Tim and Margaret Keating, from Ballincollig, Co Cork,
received a letter last week saying Carolines pituitary gland was
removed and passed on to Pharmacia Ireland for use in the manufacture of
growth hormones. It seems every organ they looked at, they kept. Were
very hurt. As far as were concerned, they plundered her body, said Tim.

... Children's body parts sold to drug companies. ... manufacturers was
widespread, involving
many hospitals and medical ... to be confined to pituitary glands,
extended to ... - 21k - Aug 18, 2004 -

GE Food Alert Campaign Center - Headlines

... glands were provided by a number of hospitals in Ireland ... Kabi
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used the pituitary glands to produce ... the drug, which was then sold
globally. ... - 12k -

RT….ie Health in association with Pfizer

... to around 20 parents to inform them that pituitary glands from their
... that land at
some of the country's psychiatric hospitals could be sold within a year ... - 23k -

IOL: Agony goes on for organ scandal families

... It was revealed in 2000 that a number of hospitals had provided
pituitary glands
to Pharmacia ... We need to know was other human material sold,
transferred or ...
p=y83zxzyy374x&n=183202113794 - 31k -

Pituitary Books / Cushing's Help and Support

... The first edition of the book has sold well, both in ... on a wide
range of issues faced
by pituitary patients, as well as listings of hospitals, medical centers
... - 47k -

Human organs for profit scandal

... organs could be harvested and sold to wealthy ... Asian patients in
the makeshift hospitals
in Mumbai had ... operations, you can get pituitary glands, whatever,"
says ... - 16k -

History and Policy - Policy Papers

... material has been difficult to procure some modern hospitals have
continued ... Lady's
Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin also 'sold' pituitary glands from
dead ... archive/pol-paper-print-03.html - 27k -

April 10

... The hypophysis, or the pituitary gland, is an important ...
principle to the administration
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Lilliths Realm - Abortion: Q&A: CHAPTER 25: Fetal and Newborn ...

... For many years, hospitals have frozen and sold them ... recently,
placentas have also
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when will the madness end $

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
P.O. Box 42
Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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