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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi may i ask can you help me with a few questions regarding my body donation ??
Doctor :   sure.with in my knowledge i will help you
User :   ok thanks may i ask as i have cancer of the brain stem thats to advanced to treat will thay find it ok to use me for teaching students anatomy ?
Doctor :   Donating your body to science is the ultimate rare event-- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit medical teaching and research since the study of human anatomy does require a body.
Doctor :   yes it will be ok
Doctor :   Preregister your donation with a local medical school or university. You'll be given a registration packet that covers policies and procedures; read it very carefully.
Doctor :   Sign a consent form stating your desire to donate your body, and put a copy of it with your will and other personal documents. You won't be listed as a donor until a completed form has been returned and acknowledged. Cancel your decision at any time by notifying the medical school or university in writing.
Doctor :   Arrange for the medical school or university to be notified when you die, so that your body can be properly transported and prepared. When your corpse is delivered to the medical institution, it will be embalmed and refrigerated until it's needed for study.
Doctor :   Contact the United Network for Organ Sharing ( WWW.WWWW.WW , a national group that oversees organ transplantation procedures in this country, for more information on donating your body.
Doctor :   Check with the school to see what its policies and procedures are regarding your body after it has been studied. Most institutions will respectfully cremate your remains at their expense and give your ashes to your loved ones. Don't expect to get paid for your donation pre- or postmortem. By law, medical schools are not permitted to purchase anyone's body.
Doctor :   Got it
User :   i have singed up allready im happy for them to use my body once im dead
User :   when you say i be refrigeanted where will this be
Doctor :   Blood tests are performed to ascertain whether the cadaver carries any serious infectious diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis. Bodies that test positive are returned to ensure the safety of students and scientists who would be in close contact with them. Bodies may also be rejected if the deceased was extremely over- or underweight, or if the cadaver is in poor condition--for example, if the deceased was severely burned.
Doctor :   That is at the cadaver or donated body storing facility at medical school
Doctor :   it will be in the formalin solution
User :   will thay use it on my body
Doctor :   Bodies that are donated "to science" are used for a variety of purposes, both for research and education. The majority go to medical schools, where they are dissected by medical students during hands-on anatomy classes. This provides valuable experience to future doctors, who would otherwise have to rely on photographs and stored specimens
Doctor :   Yes the body will be stored in formalin solution till it is given to students
Doctor :   In general, five or more medical students share a single cadaver, which they study over the course of several weeks in the first year of medical school.
User :   when im given to students will i have been naked at this time
Doctor :   Donated bodies are also used for other purposes. Many bodies are used to teach new surgical techniques to established doctors.
Doctor :   yes the body will be naked
User :   may i ask where am i taken at the med school to be used
Doctor :   The donated bodies will be with the ANATOMY department
User :   can anyone claim my body once im in the anatomy dep
Doctor :   No not at all
Doctor :   since you have already given the written consent
Doctor :   Sign a consent form stating your desire to donate your body, and put a copy of it with your will and other personal documents. You won't be listed as a donor until a completed form has been returned and acknowledged. Cancel your decision at any time by notifying the medical school or university in writing.
User :   am i going be a good body to use as a cadaver as im young /
Doctor :   Nobody likes to think about their own mortality. Unfortunately, one thing you must consider is what happens to your body after you're gone. One way to ensure that your legacy will continue after your death is to donate your body to medical science. Your body will be used for research purposes and experimentation. This could one day lead to finding a cure for a deadly disease.
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   Since your organs will have the least wear and tear
Doctor :   And death is there for every one
Doctor :   from rich to poor
Doctor :   illiterate to intelligent
Doctor :   and young to old
Doctor :   So believe in god
Doctor :   and then you will find peace
User :   i do andthats y i want to help teach others by this donation
Doctor :   As all will go to burial ground one day
Doctor :   Good
Doctor :   i APPRECIATE your good will
User :   may i ask where am i taken at the med school to be dissected ?
Doctor :   Although few people choose to donate their bodies to science, human cadavers are a critical component of medical education and scientific research.
Doctor :   To the ANATOMY HALL
Doctor :   Why are you so much obsessed with death?
Doctor :   Its there for all
User :   will there be many young cadavers like me there as im 25 years old
Doctor :   Yes sure
Doctor :   people from all ages will be mostly there
User :   am i covered when in hall
Doctor :   Bodies that are donated "to science" are used for a variety of purposes, both for research and education. The majority go to medical schools, where they are dissected by medical students during hands-on anatomy classes. This provides valuable experience to future doctors, who would otherwise have to rely on photographs and stored specimens.
Doctor :   No dead bodies are respected in the hall,but usually not covered
Doctor :   Donated bodies are also used for other purposes. Many bodies are used to teach new surgical techniques to established doctors. In this case, the body may be held by the manufacturer of a surgical implant or other product, such as an artificial joint. Physicians then receive training on how to use the new product by performing the surgery on a donated cadaver.
Doctor :   Another use for donated bodies is medical research. Through whole body donation, researchers have gained insight into early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer. They have also invented new surgical techniques, perfected existing ones, and learned about the pathophysiology of conditions like Alzheimer's disease.
User :   may i ask y does my gp say thay may wish a postmortum on my body could this happen
Doctor :   Familiarize yourself with common procedures regarding body donation. Most schools will cremate your body when they're finished with it, and if your family wants your ashes returned, it can take two years or longer. Your family will not receive any money for your donation, and you will not receive any personal recognition from the program. Also, you may not donate any organs to other programs with the exception of your eyes.
Doctor :   yes to know the cause of death and to study the extent of the disease
Doctor :   and to understand the pathology more
User :   so what happens to me during postmortum
Doctor :   Your body is dissected
User :   how much of my body is dissected
Doctor :   it starts from neck goes to your pubic region
Doctor :   and your internal organs like liver heart brain stomach is studied
Doctor :   even your skull is opened by a circular incision brain is taken out ,dissected and studied
Doctor :   Medical students and pathologists dissect cadavers for various purposes. The dissection provides the opportunity to learn the anatomical landmarks of the body and look for any disease.
User :   how i have aloy of heair over my body and on my head
Doctor :   it will be shaved
User :   with what
Doctor :   shaving blade that we normally use
User :   can i ask how is my body opened up ?
Doctor :   with knife
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User :   ok carnt you tell me
Doctor :   got it
User :   may i ask would you as a doctor mined haveing a cadaver of my age to dissect ?
Doctor :   yes,as im learning from the body to save other life s of young people
Doctor :   Where are you from usa?
Doctor :   which stste
User :   may i ask how can i donate my eyes no uk ?
Doctor :   state
Doctor :   ok
User :   how are my eyes removed
Doctor :   Any good-minded human being from the age of z year can be a donor without any maximum limit for donating the eye. All one needs to do is bequeath his or her eyes by taking a simple pledge to donate the eye after death. While taking a pledge during ones lifetime itself is a noble deed, it requires the support of the relatives or friends to carry out the wishes of eye donation of the deceased. They need to call up the Eye Bank immediately as the eye need to be removed within a maximum of six hours of death. People using spectacles, diabetes and hypertensives can make eye donation
Doctor :   Eye removal is performed within half an hour after death and leaves no disfiguring, that would interfere with common funeral practices.
Doctor :   The cornea is the clear, transparent dome in front of the "black portion" of the eye. It is also the main focusing surface, which converges light rays as they enter the eye to focus on the retina. It is thus the most important part of the optical apparatus of the Eye. Loss of transparency directly results in loss of vision
Doctor :   A Corneal transplant is an operation that replaces the opaque cornea with a clear cornea obtained from a human donor.
Doctor :   Death due to unknown causes. Death due to infections caused viz. rabies, syphilis, infectious hepatitis, septicemia, and AIDS, cannot be a donor.
Doctor :   # Only a Registered Medical Practitioner can remove eyes from a deceased.
# The eye bank team will remove the eyes from the home of the deceased or from a hospital
# Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes only
# A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases
# Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement
# Religions are for eye donation
# The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential
Doctor :   To donate eyes, the relatives of the deceased should do the following procedures
User :   may i ask will the students study my reporductive organs
Doctor :  
* Close the eyelids of the deceased
* Switch off the fan
* Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath
* Contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.
* Give the correct address with specific landmarks and telephone number to enable the eye bank team locate the place easily
* If the death certificate from the physician is available, keep it ready
* Eye donation can be done only with the written consent of the next of kin in the presence of two witnesses
Doctor :   yes all your body parts will be studied
User :   may i ask when you say studied do you meane dissected
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   have you dissected a cadavers penis area ?
Doctor :   yes
User :   may i askhow is it done and y what use is it to dissect my penis and testicals ?
Doctor :   scalpel blade
Doctor :   skin is cut and organs are studied by dissecting them
Doctor :   ok hope you understood
Doctor :   You might seek the help of an counsellor for mental support and more information
User :   yhea sohow can my penis be cut it be moveing about wont it ?
Doctor :   As what you need right now is mental support and care
Doctor :   it is cut at the shaft
Doctor :   not done in all bodies
Doctor :   if there are adequate bodies
Doctor :   for all students to learn
User :   y because i like to know what iv singed up for and whats going be done to me makes me mad y you say this
Doctor :   your body will betreated with ut most respect at care
Doctor :   because that is an learning place
Doctor :   i have seen many cadaver dissections
Doctor :   the greatest care will be taken
Doctor :   and all are done under the eyes of experienced professors
User :   will mine be okas imtall and very slim you can see my ribs though my skin this ok
Doctor :   yeah sure
Doctor :   It is the internal organs that are mostly studied
User :   what will med students first study on me
Doctor :   The dissection starts from the hand
Doctor :   then each areas are covered in successive classes
User :   as i lay there can the students touch and feel my body
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   may i ask will i when on the dissection table are my pants allready been removed ?
Doctor :   yes
User :   as my penis is long when not errect willit get in the way
Doctor :   No
User :   may i ask how do thay open my chest area up
Doctor :   They will use scalpel to cut through your skin
Doctor :   enetr the body cavity
Doctor :   Cut your ribs
Doctor :   And study the organs
User :   how my ribs cut
Doctor :   Is there any thing else i can help you with?
Doctor :   Ribs cut with scalpel and knife
Doctor :   Hope you have understood everthing
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
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