Health professionals are unequivocal about how donated human tissue save lives. Because of donations, burn victims are given a second chance through grafted skin. Even dental implants make everyday life easier.
But now, a federal agency is concerned about tissue donation practices and a local man is speaking out, saying he's worried this life-saving trade is too driven by profits.
Unlike donated organs, which can never be charged for, donated human tissue is processed and then sold for implantation. It's a billion-dollar industry, but one that some federal officials believe is left open to abuse and mistakes.
During her short life, Alyssa Truitt was her parents' angel, filling the Sun Prairie couple's home with joy. When she died at just 2 years old, her organs were donated to help save the life of another young girl.
"It was an incredible, incredible thing. We saw first-hand what her gifts did. We saw the life she saved," said her father, Chris Truitt.