Son donates mother’s body to research, ends up being blown up by IED for military testing


A Phoenix-area woman’s body was donated after she died of Alzheimer’s- and her remains were used in military explosion testing.

The only problem, it seems, is that the family specifically asked that it not be used for such research.

When Jim Stauffer’s mother, Doris, died in hospice care, her body was donated to assist in Alzheimer’s research, as she had a unique case of the disease that required further study.

Unfortunately, the neurologist who worked with Doris couldn’t accept the body, leaving Stauffer with the Biological Resource Center as an alternative.

“I feel foolish,” said Jim Stauffer. “Because I’m not a trusting person, but in this situation, you have no idea this is going on…you trust. I think that trust is what they fed on.”

For those not familiar with the BRC, it is the Arizona-based “body donation” center that was revealed to be a horrific “human chop shop” that sold body parts and limbs for profit.

In Doris’ case, she was given to the US Army for blast testing.

“She was then supposedly strapped in a chair on some sort of apparatus, and a detonation took place underneath her to basically kind of get an idea of what the human body goes through when a vehicle is hit by an IED,” Stauffer said. “There was actually wording on this paperwork about performing this stuff,” he added. “Performing these medical tests that may involve explosions, and we said no. We checked the ‘no’ box on all that.”

According to ABC15, the family learned of Doris’ fate after the FBI had raided the facility and news of the BRC’s horrific practices came to light.

“I don’t see a pathway of ever getting past this,” Stauffer said. “ Every time there’s a memory, every time there’s a photograph you look at, there’s this ugly thing that happened just right there staring right at you.”

While BRC CEO Stephen Gore plead guilty to running an illegal enterprise in 2015, but was sentenced to serve probation.

For Stauffer, the light sentence is the greatest injustice of all. Since then, he’s become part of a major lawsuit against Gore.

“He didn’t care about the families, he didn’t care about the people and he didn’t care about the memories,” Stauffer said. “If I can be a little small part of his personal financial destruction, I don’t care.”

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