Remains of 1000 British babies to be buried
July 28, 2004/SMH
The remains of 1000 unidentified babies discovered after a scandal at a British hospital are to be buried, health officials have announced.
The corpses and foetal tissue have been stored at the Alder Hey hospital and the Institute of Child Health in Liverpool, north-west England, for more than 20 years.
The bodies are mainly those of stillborn babies who died before 1980, local health authorities said in a statement.
In 1999 it was discovered that Alder Hey had been routinely keeping the remains of stillborn children as well as organs from babies who died, without their parents' consent, causing a national scandal.
Campaigners who fought for an investigation into the practice welcomed the announcement of the burials, made on Monday.
"I have fought for three-and-a-half years to have these children given the dignity they deserve," said activist Paula O'Leary.
"Nobody knows who these babies belong to but we have fought for them as if they were our own."
A series of burial services - open to the public - will take place at land donated for the purpose by the local authority, beginning on August 5.