Donating your body to science?

Donating your body to science?

Donating your body to science?

by | Inheritance

This issue is usually black and white for most people. Your opinion on donating your body to science can be a religious or morally guided, for some people it is just ‘icky’.   But if you do wish to donate your body to medical research in the hope of saving lives, doing it by will may well be too late.

Donating your organs is a simpler issue. In the UK, simply carry a donor card and make your love ones aware of you desire to be an organ donor in the event of your untimely death.

Donating your body to science is a more complex issue. The Human Tissue Act of 2004 is enforced by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) which was set up to regulate and license the removal, storage and use of body parts and organs. Since 2004, trainee surgeons in the UK have honed their skills on 100 bodies a year. Anatomy professors believe this training is invaluable and are striving to change the image of medical student training. Macabre corpse prank student stories are a thing of the past and many of the schools hold committal ceremonies for students and families at graduation to honour the donors.

If you think you want to help medical science progress, you need to act in life. Contact your local medical school and make sure that you meet the donation criteria. If you do, you need to sign donation forms, with witnesses, detailing which body parts will be taken and stored (for up to 3 years). This means there may be a long delay before your loved ones can bury you so you will need to inform them and possibly investigate alternative goodbyes for them.

Check Human Tissue Authority website for more information.

https://www.hta.gov.uk/faqs/body-donation-faqs

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