Letter from ME gives instruction to harvest organs from child, family says no permission given

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EverythingLubbock.com obtained a copy of a letter addressed to a pathologist in the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office instructing him to harvest organs from two bodies.  One was confirmed to be a child, and the family said no permission was granted to do that.

In that letter, dated September 19, 2018, it listed two cases that NAAG Pathology Labs has “particular administrative interest” in.  NAAG is the company hired by Lubbock County to operate the office of medical examiner.  

One of those cases was Elaina Castilleja, who was 10 years old. 

The letter was to “outline a few basic expectations we have.” It also said the child’s cause of death was a possible “delayed abusive head trauma death.” 

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In addition to a standard autopsy, they later gave instruction to also preserve eight different pieces of the body, including parts of heart, spinal cord, eyes and cervical spine. 

Rebecca Villareal said Elaina was her granddaughter. She died just a few days before the date on the letter. 

Rebecca adopted Elaina when she was one-year-old after she suffered from the effects of shaken baby syndrome. 

EverythingLubbock.com was first to ask Villarreal of the possible connection. 

“I know she’s up there, she’s in a new body and she’s running and she’s playing,” she said about her granddaughter. “To see this? This is nuts, this is sick, this is…who gives these people the right?”

Rebecca said she knew her granddaughter had to have an autopsy but had no idea these instructions were given. 

“This is not all of my baby,” she said pointing to an urn. “Because what I’m reading here, this is all of my child right here. Remove flesh,,, preserve the heart…I don’t even have her heart?”

EverythingLubbock.com called the medical examiner’s office for copies of autopsy reports, but didn’t receive a call back. 

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