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Published on Monday, October 22, 2018

Lawyers called in as holidaymaker's body returns to UK with missing organs



Personal injury lawyers have been appointed to investigate after a man's body was returned to the UK with missing organs following his sudden death while on holiday in Egypt.


David Humphries, 62, from Milton Keynes collapsed and died during a family holiday to Makadi in September.


Following his repatriation to the UK a coroner requested a second post-mortem examination because the results of an autopsy in Egypt were inconclusive.


When the second post-mortem examination was carried out doctors found that David's heart and kidneys had been removed.


In a bid to reduce organ trafficking, the full removal of organs is illegal under Egyptian law. 


David's family has now instructed Irwin Mitchell to investigate.


The law firm's paralegal Debbie Manders said: "This is a terrible situation for the family to find themselves in.

"It is difficult enough to lose a loved one abroad but to then find organs missing when a person is repatriated to the UK has just added to the pain the family is suffering.

"The laws surrounding the removal of organs in Egypt are very strict. We are working with lawyers in Egypt to find out what has happened so we can provide David's family with much-needed answers."


David had been married to Lynda, 59, for 39 years and had four children and six grandchildren.


They had gone to Makadi with their daughter Anita Goodall, her husband, and their two children on September 7. On September 18, David collapsed while playing in the pool with his grandchildren and later died in hospital.


A post-mortem examination was carried out in Egypt. The family flew home on September 22 September and David's body returned to the UK on October 1 2018 via Dubai.


Daughter Anita, 36, said: "Dad will be buried without his heart. Some say that the heart is the soul and it is the heart that takes you to heaven, but Dad won't have his heart to take with him."


Wife Lynda added: "We just want answers as to why he returned to the UK with parts of him missing."


Image copyright: Humphries family


 

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