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Voluntary body donation is a programme wherein the general population can will their bodies to serve the purpose of medical education and scientific research.
Body donation is governed by the Anatomy Act, 1949 –�An Act to provide for the supply of unclaimed bodies of deceased persons (or donated bodies or any part thereof of deceased persons) to hospitals and medical and teaching institutions for the purpose of anatomical examination and dissection and other similar purposes.�
- Useful for understanding human body and for advancing science
- Helps medical students learn relations of human anatomic structures and development of psychomotor skills by dissection
- Each cadaver is a new source of knowledge with variations; finest source for gaining medical knowledge, more than any textbook or computer
- Help surgeons and others to experiment innovative surgical skills and procedures in the form of cadaver labs, workshops, explore in a realistic manner
- Cadaver banks (brain, skin, vessel) � molecular research and cadaver grafting
- Avoid expense of funeral
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BODY DONATION
- Myth – The organs will be removed from the dead person and distributed for transplantation
Fact – This is false.
- Myth – All private medical college hospitals can take voluntary donation.
Fact – This is false. Private medical colleges can only take unclaimed bodies as per Anatomy Act. Very few such colleges have got permission for voluntary donation.
- Myth – When multi-organ donation has been done, the body can be accepted for donation.
Fact – This is false. When multi-organ donation is done the body cannot be donated since it will not be useful for study purposes.
Disclaimer – MOHAN Foundation does not accept voluntary whole body donations. Our counselors can guide a family for a body donation.