The Body Business

With one signature you can save a life. But what else happens to the skin, bones and organs you donate? And who’s making money from

The Body Business

The Body Business (Credit: News 12 Long Island/Newsday)

With one signature you can save a life. But what else happens to the skin, bones and tissue you donate? And who’s making money from it? Beginning today---News 12 and Newsday take you inside a world where pieces of people equal profits. Don’t miss “The Body Business”---a Newsday/News 12 Investigative report.

Series at a glance:

Part 1: The Donor Game

When you sign an organ donation card, you’re giving a gift of life. But you also may be contributing to the bottom line of a multinational industry that processes donated bodies into medical products.

Part 2: Bugs in the System

If a batch of bad beef gets out, there’s a recall. But critics say there’s nothing similar to protect consumers from medical products made from infected body parts. Dozens of Long Islanders found out about that---the hard way.

Part 3:  “The Body Snatcher”

Michael Mastromarino made a living stealing body parts from local funeral homes---and providing them to medical companies eager to receive them.
 

Related Information:
Four-part International Consortium of Investigation
NYS Health Department: Organ and tissue donations
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles: Organ and tissue donation
Three-part NPR "All Things Considered" 

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police have charged a Bronx man with murder 1 3rd man charged in Hempstead bar stabbing
A 33-year-old driver ran up a curb and 2 Driver critical after LIE service road crash in Roslyn Heights
3 On the Spot: Presidents Day
A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration 4 AP source: Revised travel ban targets same countries
Nearly a dozen people reportedly made their way 5 11 JFK travelers reportedly go through security unchecked

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE