Box Of Eyeballs Left At Gas Station: Why Did Someone Dump A Pair Of Eyeballs At Northland Station?
A box of eyeballs left at a gas station in Kansas City, Missouri, has police on the lookout for two men caught on surveillance cameras dumping the box of eyeballs at the gas station's trash can. The box of eyeballs was left at the gas station Wednesday night. The Kansas City Star reports that a worker at the station called police after finding the cardboard box, labeled "Keep refrigerated," on top of the trash bin. When she opened the box, she found a medical cooler with a pair of bloody eyes in it.
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"I saw white and strings of blood and knew it couldn't be fake," Latishia McClure, the attendant at the Conoco gas station who discovered the box of eyeballs, told KCTV News. "It looked like human and animal blood and, as I lifted it up, I saw an eyeball staring back at me."
After examining the box of eyeballs further, authorities believe the eyeballs left at the gas station came from a pig, not a human, according to KCTV News. It is unclear whether or not any charges will be filed, or even if any crime has been committed.
The Kansas City Star reports that the eyeballs left at the Conoco gas station do not belong to any of the eye banks or hospitals in the area. "The box of eye tissue was not our container and in no way meets stringent requirements for tissue we use for sight-saving transplant procedures," said Tony Bavuso, CEO of the Heartland Lions Eye Bank Center to KCTV.
According to the National Eye Institute, an eye transplant in which the entire eye is moved from one person, or animal, to another, is not even possible. The only eye transplant currently available is the cornea transplant, in which a diseased cornea is replaces with a cornea from a deceased donor. The cornea transplant is pretty common, with more than 40,000 surgeries performed each year, according to the Eye Bank Association of America.
The question is still raised, then: Why would someone leave a box of eyeballs at a gas station?
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