Odessa Woman Accuses Lubbock’s M.E.’s Office of Botching Autopsy
A mother from Odessa is accusing the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office of harvesting some of her deceased son’s organs without permission.
According to an article from CBS7 News in Midland, 2-year-old Zaydrian Guerra died from abuse in August of 2018 and his autopsy was conducted at Lubbock’s M.E.’s office.
Zaydrian’s mother, Alyssa Hammontree told KAMC News in an interview that she did consent to certain organ donations, but nothing for the sake of research. "I allowed, like, the heart and the heart vessels to go with it, the lungs if needed, the pancreas if needed," she told KAMC News's Nicolette Perdomo. "They did need the liver and the kidneys. . . I have everything written out. I've read the comparisons of what I allowed and what I didn't allow."
The autopsy of Zaydrian Guerra is likely the same autopsy that County Commissioner Jason Corley referred to in September 2018, when he accused Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews and Dr. Evan Matshes of unnecessarily harvesting the spinal column and eyes of a deceased child.
NAAG Pathology Labs, which operates the M.E.’s office, has had multiple allegations of autopsy malpractice put against them, and they're currently being sued by a former employee for being wrongfully terminated.
On Monday, NAAG released a statement refuting all the allegations against them, but refused to comment further since they still face an investigation by the Texas Rangers.