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WW2 veteran, 98, who died of COVID, was DISSED at a $500 per ticket event

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The widow of a 98-year-old World War II veteran who died of COVID-19 and donated his body to science is furious after the corpse was used to perform a public autopsy in front of a live audience worth up to $500 paid per ticket at a Portland hotel.

The body of David Saunders, 98, was dissected in front of a paying crowd in the conference room of a Marriott hotel in Portland, where a “cadaver class” was being given by a group called Death Science.

According to the website, Death Science is “an educational platform focused on the scientific fields of forensic, medical, and mortuary science” that “works with experienced industry professionals … to teach students around the world.”

Now Saunders’ widow says the family has never agreed to a public pay-per-view autopsy for profit.

The image above shows a live, pay-per-view autopsy performed October 17 in a Portland, Oregon hotel room

dr.  Colin Henderson, a retired anatomy professor who taught at the University of Montana in Missoula, dissected limbs and removed organs, including the brain, in front of a live audience of people paying up to $500 per ticket

dr. Colin Henderson, a retired anatomy professor who taught at the University of Montana in Missoula, dissected limbs and removed organs, including the brain, in front of a live audience of people paying up to $500 per ticket

The event was organized by an organization called Death Science.  According to his website, Death Science

The event was organized by an organization called Death Science. According to its website, Death Science is “an educational platform focused on the scientific fields of forensic, medical, and mortuary science” that “works with experienced industry professionals … to teach students around the world”

The corpse belonged to David Saunders, 98, a World War II veteran who died of COVID-19 and donated his body to science

The corpse belonged to David Saunders, 98, a World War II veteran who died of COVID-19 and donated his body to science

The 92-year-old widow, who did not want to be identified, told KING-TV that she was “shocked” that her husband was “treated like a piece of meat in front of a paying audience.”

The body was first given to Med Ed Labs, a for-profit Las Vegas-based company “established to provide medical and surgical education and training to advance medical and surgical innovation.”

People donate the bodies of their loved ones to companies like Med Ed Labs to avoid the high funeral costs.

Jeremy Ciliberto, a macabre artist and founder of Death Science who hosted the event known as the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, said he paid Med Ed Labs “north” $10,000 for each cadaver.

According to Ciliberto, Med Ed Labs was aware of his plans for the corpse.

The event was held as part of the 'Oddities and Curiosities Expo', which bills itself as a show for 'lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre'

The event was held as part of the ‘Oddities and Curiosities Expo’, which bills itself as a show for ‘lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre’

Jeremy Ciliberto, a macabre artist and founder of Death Science who hosted the event known as the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, said he paid Med Ed Labs north of $10,000 for each cadaver.

Jeremy Ciliberto, a macabre artist and founder of Death Science who hosted the event known as the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, said he paid Med Ed Labs “north” $10,000 for each cadaver

But the chief medical officer in Portland said this wasn’t true.

Kimberly DiLeo, the Multnomah County medical examiner, said a Med Ed Labs supervisor told her the company had no idea the body would be used for a live event.

“Their supervisor was unaware that the deceased was being used for this event,” DiLeo said.

“We don’t think this is respectful and certainly not ethical.”

Ciliberto later told KING-TV, “Concerns about the cadaver have always been addressed by the lab.

“Again, I’m not the lab, I’m the host.”

The cadaver class was initially supposed to be held at the Downtown Courtyard Marriott, but DiLeo pressured the hotel to cancel it.

When the organizers moved the event to the Marriott Downtown Waterfront, DiLeo again tried to convince the hotel’s managers not to let it go ahead. The hotel refused.

“We follow detailed protocols to protect security…,” Martin McAllister, the general manager of the Marriott Downtown Waterfront, told KING-TV.

“We are aware of concerns about a recent event and are investigating them further, but for privacy reasons we are not discussing details of guests or groups.”

The live autopsy on Saunders’ body was performed in front of an audience at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront on Oct. 17, KING 5 News reported first.

According to one attendee, a corpse draped in a white sheet was placed on a table in the center of the ballroom.

VIP customers paying $500 per ticket were seated in the front row just inches away.

dr. Colin Henderson, a retired anatomy professor who taught at the University of Montana in Missoula, removed the sheet from the body and revealed the corpse of a man who “donated his body to science.”

Henderson then used a surgical knife to cut into the corpse’s chest cavity, head and limbs.

The retired professor removed several limbs, organs and the brain. During the hour-long procedure, Henderson told onlookers that this was exactly how he taught medical students throughout his academic career.

At least two attendees who saw the show told KING 5 TV that Henderson had respect for the corpse.

‘It was very educational,’ said one participant who goes by the name ‘Monica’.

“It was very respectful to the person who donated his body.”

Christine, a Portland resident, said, “They don’t do anything that, if it were my own relative, would make me angry.”

A similar event scheduled to take place on Halloween in Seattle was canceled due to public reaction.

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