Donating your body to medical science

Most of us have heard about organ donation and many people carry cards to highlight this desire when they pass away.  However, donating your body to medical science is very different.  It isn’t as straightforward as organ donation and it isn’t a guarantee that your body will be accepted.  Contact is usually via the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Embryology closest to your location, usually a University Hospital.

There are many reasons why a body may not be accepted – nothing personal to who you are, but relative to your recent medical history and cause of death – e.g. you may have contracted a contagious disease, HIV, Sepsis or you may have had a bad accident and body is significantly damaged.  There are many reasons why your body may not be accepted in which case your family would still need to arrange a funeral.

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