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Family horrified after dead woman’s organs delivered in buckets to funeral

By Mason White 4:19 PM February 5, 2013
Coffin at funeral home 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) As a family prepares for a funeral the last thing they want to face is a body in pieces.

The family of a deceased woman was shocked and horrified after the body arrived to be buried with the organs removed and submitted separately in two plastic buckets.

When the body of 82-year-old Rhoda Callwood of Westchester County was transferred to a funeral home in the Bronx last week by the New York office of the coroner without her organs, her family was forced to place the body in the coffin with her organs in two buckets.

The family has hired a lawyer because of the dreadful mistake so other families can avoid a similar situation.
“Who will want their mother treated this way after an autopsy?” Rhoda’s son, Glenn Callwood, told a local television news station.

The debacle began after Callwood’s body was transferred at the request of her family, from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she died, to the coroner’s office in the city for a second autopsy.

The body had been stripped of the organs, by the time she had reached the office.
Investigators from the coroner’s office were to collect the organs the next day and complete the autopsy. But when the body was sent to the funeral home, they did it in separate shipments.

“The body arrived at the funeral in the body bag of the New York City medical examiner office, but the organs were removed. The organs were in two separate plastic containers,” Bill Curran, a director at the funeral home in New York, told news reporters.

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