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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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The scandal surrounding Professor Dick van Velzen, who unethically removed organs from dead children, without their parents' consent, was a devastating blow to the hospital's reputation - but it has staged a magnificent recovery in the years since .
The organs and foetuses were taken between 1988 and 1995 under Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen, who ordered the "unethical and illegal stripping of every organ from every child who had a post-mortem" during his time at the hospital.
Last month Dutch pathologist Dick Van Velzen, 55, was struck off by the GMC after secretly ordering the removal of organs from hundreds of children's at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool
Professor Dick van Velzen was struck off the medical register after the General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct.
The news comes just a week after Professor Dick Van Velzen, who worked at the same university for many years, was found guilty by the General Medical Council of taking body tissue of dead children without consent.
Professor Dick van Velzen, 55, is accused of storing the organs in more than 2,000 pots found at the children's hospital.
Professor Dick van Velzen, 55, stole the organs while head of foetal and infant pathology at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital, the hearing was told.
Professor Dick van Velzen 'got away with it' during his six years at the Liverpool hospital between 1989 and 1995, according to the Alder Hey support group Pity II.
During his seven years at Alder Hey, Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen has stripped organs - including 2,000 hearts and a number of heads - from every dead child that came into his hands.
Professor Dick van Velzen was put on probation after pleading guilty to the charge at the Nova Scotia provincial court.
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.
PARENTS of children butchered by body parts doc Dick van Velzen were stunned last night after hearing he is getting a massive pay-off.