A British family is desperately seeking answers after the body of their beloved grandfather was returned to the UK from Egypt without several organs.
David Humphries, 62, reportedly died while on holiday in Egypt with his family. According to the NZ Herald, Humphries passed away after playing with his grandchildren in a hotel pool in September. He had been staying at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with his wife, daughter and grandchildren at the time of his death.
According to the report, Humphries had complained of chest pains prior to his death and was prescribed antibiotics from the Red Sea Hospital. He sadly passed away several days later.
“He was taken to hospital but nothing could be done,” Humphries’ daughter Anita Goodall said, according to the publication. “They should never have sent him back to the hotel.”
After his death, the family endured interviews for five hours with authorities and despite their wishes, were told an autopsy had to be performed on Humphries. The family reportedly requested the autopsy not be carried out, but they were told it was procedure because they had raised concerns about the treatment Humphries received at hospital. According to Goodall, they were told it was a police inquiry.
Humphries’ body was flown back to the United Kingdom for a second post mortem, when a UK coroner discovered his heart and kidneys were missing.
“When the body arrived home we were told it was in no state to be seen,” Goodall said. “That’s when alarms started ringing. His heart is most likely the thing that will tell us how he died. Now we’ll never know.”
She admitted she was confused by what had happened to her father and admitted she “doesn’t trust anyone anymore”.
It’s not the first time organ theft and harvesting in Egypt has made headlines. Last month, online publication Haaretz claimed thousands of refugees in Egypt had fallen victim to the illegal organ trade. It comes after the World Health Organisation had previously listed Egypt as one of the world’s top five countries where the illegal organ trade is most common. Worryingly, the nation was also named one of the worst for organs coming from live donors.
While a series of illegal organ cases have been discovered in recent times, Egypt is still listed as one of the world’s most dangerous places for organ theft.