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A beach in Hurghada (photo: Egypt Tourism)

Egypt denies organ theft of dead tourist

The body of a tourist who died while on holiday in Hurghada was returned home without heart, liver or kidneys.

Egyptian authorities are denying allegations of stealing the organs from the body of a tourist who died suddenly while on holiday in Hurghada, the news agency AFP reports.

The body of the British tourist, David Humphries, who was aged 62, was returned to the UK with some of the vital organs missing – the heart, the liver, kidneys and other organs.

The Egyptian state information service said Humphries died from a heart attack at the Red Sea resort on September 18.

In the UK, his body underwent a second post-mortem examination, which is when it was discovered the organs had been removed.

Lost organs
Egypt’s information service accused the media in the UK of publishing “flawed reports” about the missing organs, saying that any allegations of organ theft were “unfounded”.

It admitted that samples from the body had been taken and that the heart, parts of the liver, kidneys and other organs had been removed in order to establish the cause of death. But it did not say why they had not been put back.

In addition, the information service quoted Humphries’ daughter as saying that she did not accuse anyone of “having a hand in the death of her father”.

The case follows the deaths on August 21 of a couple in their sixties, also in Hurghada, in what their daughter called “suspicious” circumstances. In that incident, tour operator Thomas Cook took the decision of moving all its guests to another hotel.

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