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'Gutted Like a Pig': Grieving Mother Takes on Russia's Organ Donation System

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When her 19-year-old daughter passed away two years ago after being hit by a car at a Moscow crosswalk, Yelena Sablina was devastated.
 
One month after burying Alina, her only child, Sablina suffered another shattering blow.
 
While perusing documents connected to the criminal case against the driver who killed Alina, she found out that her daughter had been laid to rest without seven of her organs, including her heart, kidneys, and part of her lungs.
 
"It was a shock because her organs had been removed without our consent," she says. "My child was gutted like a pig."
 
Sablina has since sought justice for what she considers a gross violation of both her daughter's dignity and her own rights as a mother.
 
Her legal battle ended last week when Russia's Constitutional Court refused to reconsider a previous court decision clearing the doctors who removed Alina's organs, stating that Russian medical institutions had the legal right to harvest organs from the deceased without notifying relatives.
 

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'Gutted Like a Pig': Grieving Mother Takes on Russia's Organ Donation System

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