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Professor Dick van Velzen

A Dutch pathologist with expertise in sudden infant (or cot) death syndrome (SIDS), who worked at Liverpool Children’s (Alder Hey) Hospital from 1988 to 1995, whose became notorious for having removed hearts and other organs from hundreds of dead babies without the parents’ consent.

Van Velzen falsified records, but insisted that he’d done nothing wrong; he claimed that the 850 organs found in jars in his lab were to be used for research, but that funds ran out. His actions led to the Human Tissue Act 2004, and the creation of the Human Tissue Authority.
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He was accused of failing to take proper action when he discovered in 1994 that Professor Dick van Velzen - the pathologist at the centre of the organ retention scandal - had taken body parts from a dead teenager during a post mortem, against the wishes of the parents.
THE wife of organ snatcher Professor Dick Van Velzen is under investigation to see if she helped him cover up the removal of body parts.
In February, the GMC ruled that Dick van Velzen, the Dutch pathologist at the center of the scandal, should not be allowed to work in Britain again.
Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen has been suspended by the GMC and could face criminal prosecution.
PARENTS of children whose body parts were taken without consent attacked a decision yesterday not to prosecute pathologist Professor Dick van Velzen.
Professor Dick van Velzen was banned from practising after the General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct.
PARENTS of the victims of the Alder Hey organ retention scandal said yesterday they felt let down by the decision not to prosecute pathologist Professor Dick van Velzen, who secretly took organs from their dead children from 1989 to 1995.
CASTIGATED BY REPORT: Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool built up a stockpile of organs from children, and (below) Professor Dick van Velzen
In 2001, the Redfern Report into practice at Alder Hey revealed pathologist Dick van Velzen ordered the unethical and illegal stripping of every organ from every child who had a post mortem, between 1989 and 1995, though he said the practice was widespread before his arrival.
IT'S unusual that a scandal in an English hospital would command international notice, but the crimes of Dick Van Velzen are just sick enough to have captured the world's attention.
The doctor at the centre of the scandal, Professor Dick Van Velzen, has been given the boot.
The NACOR action is separate from the claims against Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where pathologist Dick van Velzen and his staff are accused of removing organs from more that 800 dead children without consent.