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Rain Man
03-17-2005, 11:17 AM
Yeesh.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7213656/

Man turns in pacemaker cut from mom's chest
Texan wanted to keep device as evidence in long-running dispute
Updated: 8:33 p.m. ET March 16, 2005HOUSTON - A man in Texas has returned to authorities the pacemaker he carved from his dead motherís chest, causing an evidence tampering charge against him to be dropped, prosecutors said Wednesday.

ďNo one wants to prosecute someone whose mother just died,Ē Harris County Assistant District Attorney Leslie LeGrand III said.

James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January, saying he wanted to keep it as part of a long-running dispute with a medical supplier.

Prosecutors told Donalson the charge would be dropped if he returned the pacemaker so the medical examinerís office could study it. He resisted, but LeGrand said Donalsonís brothers eventually convinced him to relent about two weeks ago.

mikey23545
03-17-2005, 11:22 AM
Yeesh.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7213656/

Man turns in pacemaker cut from mom's chest
Texan wanted to keep device as evidence in long-running dispute
Updated: 8:33 p.m. ET March 16, 2005HOUSTON - A man in Texas has returned to authorities the pacemaker he carved from his dead motherís chest, causing an evidence tampering charge against him to be dropped, prosecutors said Wednesday.

ďNo one wants to prosecute someone whose mother just died,Ē Harris County Assistant District Attorney Leslie LeGrand III said.

James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January, saying he wanted to keep it as part of a long-running dispute with a medical supplier.

Prosecutors told Donalson the charge would be dropped if he returned the pacemaker so the medical examinerís office could study it. He resisted, but LeGrand said Donalsonís brothers eventually convinced him to relent about two weeks ago.

Yeah, but let's face it, by the time you can see the "Do Not Remove" sticker....

mikey23545
03-17-2005, 11:23 AM
I hope he saved his receipt for that pacemaker....

Rain Man
03-17-2005, 11:24 AM
Yeah, but face it, by the time you can see the "Do Not Remove" sticker....

That is indeed a problem. And it's not like anyone ever saves the box.

HC_Chief
03-17-2005, 11:24 AM
Yeah, but face it, by the time you can see the "Do Not Remove" sticker....

HA! :D

Bearcat
03-17-2005, 11:27 AM
Yeah, but face it, by the time you can see the "Do Not Remove" sticker....

Maybe tatoo it on their chest?

"Only open during emergencies"

The Rick
03-17-2005, 11:47 AM
I hope he saved his receipt for that pacemaker....
Wonder how long she had it. If less than 90 days, maybe he can return it for a full refund...

el borracho
03-17-2005, 12:35 PM
Are pacemakers internal or external devices?

Rain Man
03-17-2005, 03:47 PM
Are pacemakers internal or external devices?


I guess it depends on how hard you pull.

BigVE
03-17-2005, 04:39 PM
Are pacemakers internal or external devices?

Generally they are INTERNAL devices...in this case it seems to be either way.

Inspector
03-17-2005, 04:50 PM
My heart goes out to them.

el borracho
03-17-2005, 04:58 PM
Generally they are INTERNAL devices...in this case it seems to be either way.
That is what I thought which makes the following very disturbing: "James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January"

Rain Man
03-17-2005, 05:04 PM
That is what I thought which makes the following very disturbing: "James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January"

In the first paragraph, it's stated that he "carved" it out of her chest. That just doesn't seem like something a good son would do.

mikey23545
03-17-2005, 05:37 PM
James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January, saying he wanted to keep it as part of a long-running dispute with a medical supplier.

I'm just really glad the word after is in that sentence....

seclark
03-17-2005, 05:41 PM
James Allan Donalson, 59, acknowledged removing his motherís pacemaker after she died in January, saying he wanted to keep it as part of a long-running dispute with a medical supplier.

I'm just really glad the word after is in that sentence....
pretty damn extreme either way.
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el borracho
03-17-2005, 05:44 PM
In the first paragraph, it's stated that he "carved" it out of her chest. That just doesn't seem like something a good son would do.
Yep, I went right past that without noticing when I read the article the first time. That is just messed up.