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SECTION 4222
Removal of corneal tissue for transplant and pituitary gland tissue for the extraction of growth hormone
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 42, TITLE 2
§ 4222. Removal of corneal tissue for transplant and pituitary gland
tissue for the extraction of growth hormone. 1. Upon request from a
general hospital or medical center for corneal tissue for transplant or
pituitary gland tissue for extraction of growth hormone, the coroner or
medical examiner may then request or authorize an agent to request from
the authorized person under the conditions established in subdivision
two of section forty-three hundred one of this chapter, the
authorization, which may be oral or written according to law, to perform
the removal. Upon receiving such authorization, the coroner or medical
examiner shall authorize the supply of such corneal tissue or pituitary
gland tissue upon the following conditions:

a. The body of the decedent is under the jurisdiction of the coroner
or medical examiner authorizing the removal of the corneal tissue or
pituitary gland tissue.

b. Such removal does not conflict with decedent's religious or other
views.

c. The removal of the cornea for transplant or the pituitary gland for
extraction of growth hormone will not interfere with the subsequent
course of an investigation or autopsy.

d. The removal of the corneal tissue or the pituitary gland tissue
will not alter the post mortem facial appearance of the decedent.

2. The coroner or medical examiner authorizing the removal of corneal
tissue or the pituitary gland tissue pursuant to the provisions of this
section shall not be held liable in a civil action for damages by any
person specified by subdivision two of section forty-three hundred one
of this chapter, for such removal where after the exercise of due
diligence such coroner or medical examiner obtained authorization from
any person specified by subdivision two of section forty-three hundred
one of this chapter.

3. Except where an anatomical gift has previously been requested or
authorized, upon the request of a tissue bank or storage facility as
defined in section forty-three hundred of this chapter, the coroner or
medical examiner may then provide the name of the decedent under his
jurisdiction and the name of the decedent's spouse or other persons
authorized to execute an anatomical gift in accordance with the
provisions of section forty-three hundred one of this chapter.