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Last Alder Hey hospital child remains buried

Alder Hey
Thousands of body parts were held by the hospital

The final human remains held by Alder Hey Children's Hospital after the organ retention scandal are to be buried later.

The Liverpool hospital removed organs from dead babies without permission and held them for medical research.

Tissue samples and foetuses which have gone unclaimed by relatives have been interred at Allerton Cemetery where a memorial garden has been established.

A memorial service takes place at All Souls Church, Allerton, on 26 February.

It will be followed by a dedication ceremony at the memorial garden at Allerton Cemetery.

Burial services for unclaimed remains have been taking place weekly since May 2009.

The interments relate to organs, foetuses and tissue samples that were independently recorded and reviewed for the Redfern Inquiry in 2001 and nothing has been added since this time, the hospital said.

Dutch pathologist Dick van Velzen had ordered the stripping of organs from children who underwent a post-mortem examination during his time at the hospital, between 1988 and 1995.

He was struck off the UK medical register by the General Medical Council in 2005.

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