WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE REMOVED TISSUE?
Approved tissue banks (such as the non-profit German Institute for Cell and Tissue Replacement, and the tissue bank at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin) process and sterilize tissue in order to produce bone and other tissue grafts. High security standards are ensured during this process (German Pharmaceuticals Act, German Transplantation Law). As a non-profit organization, our institution does not gain any profit from the sale of tissue grafts to clinics and doctorsʼ offices. Only the expenses of collection and processing must be covered.
HOW IS THE TISSUE REMOVAL PRECISELY CONDUCTED AND HOW DOES THE DECEASED APPEAR AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
The tissue removal procedure takes place under the highest ethical standards. As part of the standard and quality-controlled process of post-mortem tissue donation, the corneas of the eyes, the long bones of the legs and or arms, parts of tendons and occasionally other tissues such as skin, are removed. Then, a careful and scrupulous reconstruction of the body is conducted, such as the replacement of bone with prosthetics. The procedure therefore poses no risk of external disfigurement to the deceased.