Transplanted body parts get scrutiny

Saturday, July 19th 2008, 11:17 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY - At least a dozen Oklahomans have joined a lawsuit against a New Jersey biomedical company they allege sold tissue from dead bodies without permission or proper medical screening.

William Green of Jenks alleged he contracted hepatitis C from tainted bone that doctors used to repair damage to his lower back following an oil-field explosion in Glenpool in 2001. Now he is awaiting a liver transplant.

Green is 1 of an estimated 10,000 people across the nation to receive body parts from Biomedical Tissue Services, the company at the center of the case.

Each of the Oklahoma residents, including four who filed lawsuits, contend they were implanted with tainted bone or other tissue that originated with the New Jersey company.