In the wake of the English inquiry, NHS Scotland admitted the same practice took place north of the border.Ms Reid is now demanding to know what happened to her son who, she said, deserved a proper burial.Funeral directors Scotmid Co-operative Funerals said as soon as they heard of the allegations they informed Police Scotland.A statement said: “We also recently met with Mrs Reid and close members of her family to offer our full support in what has been an extremely distressing situation for them.”We hope that our actions in contacting the police will help give Mrs Reid the answers to the questions she has raised about her son’s funeral.”NHS Lothian deputy chief executive Jim Crombie said: “Our condolences are with the family of Gary Paton. This matter is now being looked into by the police and we are unable to comment further.” A mother who has been fighting for 42 years to find out what happened to her dead baby’s remains has discovered his coffin was buried with no body in it.Credit:Facebook The coffin itself had disintegrated. Prof Black, who did discover a hat, shawl, cross and name tag said there were neither skeletal remains nor evidence of decomposition. Lydia ReidCredit:BBC “Ultimately there is only one possible logical explanation and that is that the body was not put in that coffin.”Ms Reid, 68, said she was devastated by the findings.She recalled that when she asked to see her dead son, she was shown the body of a child which was not hers.”I objected but they said I was suffering from post-natal depression,” she said.”This baby was blonde and big, my baby was tiny and dark-haired. This was not my son.” A mother who won a court order to find out what had happened to her baby’s remains has discovered that his coffin was buried without a body.Lydia Reid’s 42-year quest looked to have come to a conclusion when a court granted her an order for an exhumation.Ms Reid had been a leading member of a campaign to reveal the extent to which Scottish hospitals used dead children’s body parts for research.In 2001 an official report in England found that 104,300 organs, foetuses and body parts were in storage, the majority at 25 hospitals.Ms Reid feared that the same thing had happened to her son, Gary, who was only seven days old when he died at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital in July 1975.Following the court order and exhumation was carried out by Professor Dame Sue Black, an eminent forensic anthropologist.She concluded that the coffin had been buried without human remains, the BBC reported.Prof Reid reached her conclusion following the exhumation at Saughton Cemetery in Edinburgh. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.