Doris Stauffer

Doris Stauffer


Her family hoped Doris Stauffer’s body would be used to study Alzheimer’s. After the donation of her body, they learned that she became the subject of a Pentagon's crush and blast testings.


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A man is suing a US body-donation company for giving his mother's body to the military for blast testing when he believed it would be used for medical research. Jim Stauffer said he donated the body of his mother, Doris Stauffer, to the for-profit Biological Resource Center after she died in hospice care in 2013, hoping that it could conduct research into Alzheimer's, a disease she had.

Stauffer said he learned after a 2016 Reuters investigation that her body had been used for a US Army research project looking at bomb impact. Stauffer has now joined 32 other plaintiffs suing the center, accusing it of deceiving them about what happened to their family members' bodies. The case is set to go to trial on October 21, CNN reported.

The lawsuit says the bodies "were literally used as crash test dummies, which meant they were used in experiments involving exposures to destructive forces, e.g. impacts, crashes, ballistic injuries, and blasts."


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