Carol J. Huser

Saved organs not souvenirs, not for sale

During a science field trip to the Staten Island morgue in 2005, high school students saw a familiar name on a glass jar containing a brain. Jesse Shipley, a classmate’s brother, had died two months earlier in a car crash.

Multiple news sources report that Jesse’s parents didn’t know his brain had been retained after...

Dr. Carol J. Huser, a forensic pathologist, has served as La Plata County coroner since January 2003. Reach her at

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