Mex­i­can thieves stole my daugh­ter’s or­gans

Mum’s hor­ror at ‘stripped’ body

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“in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion” over Amanda’s death al­most a year ago.

A Bri­tish pathol­o­gist said the cause of death given by Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties, listed as “vis­ceral con­ges­tion”, was vague and not ac­cept­able in this coun­try.

Amanda’s sis­ter Katie Miller-Gill, 35, added: “Where are my sis­ter’s beau­ti­ful blue eyes? Why were they taken from her? Where is her brain, her heart? It feels like her pass­ing wasn’t dig­ni­fied.

“Did they steal all her or­gans for an il­le­gal trade? Did they do it be­cause she was English and so they thought they would get away with it? We haven’t got the an­swers.” Mum Elaine, from Shipley, West Yorks, cre­mated Amanda on her birth­day, Fe­bru­ary 27. She said: “Her body came back to Eng­land and they did a CT scan and that’s when we found out.

“It was the most hor­ren­dous thing that could hap­pen. She was a lovely girl.”

Yes­ter­day hos­pi­tal bosses and lo­cal jus­tice chiefs in­sisted they had no idea what hap­pened to Amanda, who had worked as a bar­maid and wait­ress in Bri­tain be­fore go­ing off trav­el­ling. Medics said it would have been il­le­gal for her or­gans to be removed with­out per­mis­sion and that the body was handed over to po­lice in a sealed bag.

An­ge­les Nava, ad­min man­ager at the Hos­pi­tal de Cos, said: “When she died the Bri­tish em­bassy was called. They called the po­lice, and the po­lice came for the body. She still had all of her or­gans when she left here.”

The hos­pi­tal also pro­duced doc­u­ments which it said showed the fam­ily still owed £1,600 to­wards treat­ment.

Lo­cal po­lice would not speak to us but pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Edgar Ca­ma­cho said he knew noth­ing of the van­ished or­gans and that no in­quiry had been launched.

But he claimed: “Hos­pi­tal de Cos is a very bad hos­pi­tal. Around 90 per cent of pa­tients who are taken there die.”

At the in­quest in Brad­ford, as­sis­tant deputy coro­ner Oliver Longstaff said it was a “great re­gret” that so much in­for­ma­tion was miss­ing.

Mex­ico has a boom­ing il­le­gal or­gan traf­fick­ing trade, with claims of peo­ple be­ing kid­napped and mur­dered just to re­move parts of their bod­ies.

Only 45 Mex­i­cans in ev­ery 10 mil­lion do­nate or­gans, com­pared to 470 in Spain which has the world’s high­est rate.

MYS­TERY Amanda and, be­low left, the bill hos­pi­tal says fam­ily still owe

TRAGEDY Elaine with Amanda as a baby

GRIEV­ING Elaine has ques­tions

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