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Johnson's Got a Gamey Leg

The story of the guy who kept his gamey leg in a smoker is all over the news today:
The mother, Peg Steele, explained her son had his leg amputated after a plane crash and kept the leg following the surgery "for religious reasons" she doesn't know much about.

"The rest of the family was very much against it," Steele said.story
I've always wondered how difficult it would be to convince the hospital to let you keep a body part after an amputation or removal. Personally I think it should be simple, it is, after all, something which you rightfully own. On the other hand, I can understand the reluctance of doctors, especially if the organ or limb is diseased or otherwise full of infection. It seems, however, as in most cases, that 'religious reasons' trump all.

I hope he gets the leg back. It will make a wicked table lamp.

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