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Resource ID: #19706
Subject: Medical Examiners
Source: American-Statesmen (Austin, Texas)
Date: April 6, August 18, 22, 23, November 25, December 28, 2002



The American-Statesmen investigation of a little-known Texas law that permits corneas to be routinely removed from dead people for transplantation without the knowledge of relatives, and often against their expressed wishes. In Travis County, which includes Austin, the county medical examiner's office granted the Lions Eye Bank of Central Texas permission under the law to remove corneas from 775 bodies during an 18-month period.

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