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Donation of body after death due to brain stem cancer - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. please proceed with your health query.
User :   hi can you help me regarding my body donation
Doctor :   what would you like to know about it?
Doctor :   why do you want to donate it?
User :   well iv singed up to be a body doner as im illwith cancer of the brain stem thay carnt treat as too advanced to treat
Doctor :   ok. if you have signed up for it, the organisation will take care, you need not worry about it
User :   may i ask what happens once im dead
Doctor :   the vital parts like liver, cornea, kidney and heart, if not affected by cancer, will be used for people who need them
Doctor :   if you consent for it
Doctor :   otherwise if you consent to give your body for study purposes, then it will be donated to the medical school.
Doctor :   once you are dead, all the function stop. all your senses, life goes away
User :   yes thats what im going be used for med school teaching so what does it meane
Doctor :   it wil mean that your body will be used by medical students under supervision to study the anatomy of human body
Doctor :   that is to study which structure in located where and the connections of it, both vascular and nervous.
User :   this will happen to me yes
Doctor :   so the students will study the various organ systems like, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiac, vascular and nervous systems
User :   so once i pass where does my body get taken
Doctor :   first your body is taken to the mortuary, and from there the organization responsible with whom you have signed the contract and consent will take it from there.
User :   what happens to me in morgue
User :   what happens to me in morgue
Doctor :   nothing happens there, your body is just kept there in cold condition to prevent it from decaying until taken over by the concerned paople
Doctor :   *people
User :   ic so may i ask as i be fully clothed or in a gown is this kept with my body
User :   ic so may i ask as i be fully clothed or in a gown is this kept with my body
Doctor :   your body will be fully covered, usually a clean sterile sheet is wrapped up, or in some institutions, your body is kept inside something similar to sleeping bag, fully covered
User :   so when im at med school i be fully clothed yes ?
Doctor :   no, when you are in med school, you will not be fully clothed, your body will be exposed
Doctor :   and the students will study different parts of the body
Doctor :   and the structures inside that pat
Doctor :   for eg, if they are studying upper limbs, they will study the muscular, vascualt, nervous and bone build up
User :   so when i arrive at the med school where am i taken
Doctor :   if they are studying the chest cavity, they will study the respiratory, cardiac, vascular muscular and nervous make up there.
Doctor :   when your body arrives at med school, it wil taken to the anatomy department
Doctor :   and they will keep it there for the study purposes.
User :   what happens to me there if im recived fully clothed
Doctor :   when the study starts, and the body is needed for the students, they give it to them and at that time, you will not be clothed.
Doctor :   your body will be exposed
User :   so sumones prepairs me then yes
Doctor :   usually no preparation is needed when your body arrives there. once in the department, something called as embalming procedure is done, which makes sure that your body does not decay
Doctor :   but remains in a condition where all structures are properly identifiable.
User :   so is this done when i arrive
User :   do thay take my body to a lab ??
Doctor :   no, not to a lab, but to the anatomy department of the med school where students come to study
User :   what am i placed on for them and am i fully naked ?
Doctor :   yes, you are fully naked, and you are placed on a table
User :   how many students will use me
Doctor :   it depends on the med school, it can vary from 10-30.
Doctor :   for more details you can contact any med school
User :   will my body be covered at anytime when in use ?
Doctor :   and ask about all the procedures and how your body will be used
Doctor :   and how it will be stored
Doctor :   when your body is being used for study, it will not be covered, when not in use it may be covered and kept.
User :   will the students mined seeing a young body as im 25 years old
Doctor :   why wil the students mind? their purpose is to learn, they will be give a brief history about you before they start study
Doctor :   so they wil know about you, your name, your previous condition
Doctor :   at no time disrespect is shown to your body since it is an important leaning tool for them
User :   yes thats y i wishfor them to use me i hope thay learn from me
User :   yes thats y i wishfor them to use me i hope thay learn from me
Doctor :   do not worry, they will learn from you
User :   y do thay need to give me a cadaver number
Doctor :   to identify you, since there will be many bodies like yours over there
Doctor :   when you are alive you respond to your name being called, but when you are dead how will you respond?
Doctor :   hence a cadaver number is tied to you body
Doctor :   to identify you
User :   true may i ask will the students be cutting my bones ?
Doctor :   usually bones are not cut except the sternum to open chest cavity and teh skull bones to open the skull to study brain
User :   as im very hairy does this matter
Doctor :   no, it does not matter at all whether you are hairy or not.
User :   may i ask will thay be studying my reporductive organs ?
Doctor :   yes, the study includes all systems, so even reproductive system is studied.
User :   does this meane this part of me be dissected
Doctor :   yes, your body will be dissected to study various structures as i said earlier that students will study different parts of the body, they will study the respiratory, cardiac, vascular muscular and nervous make up there.
Doctor :   and the study wil include all the systems
User :   when i asked about my privert region i was told that yes my pubic bone will be cut where is this on my body ?
Doctor :   pubic bone is the part of the hip structure , it is the central bony part in front below your penis base
User :   so how can thay cut it my priverts be in way yes
Doctor :   it will be cut after dissection.
Doctor :   your private parts that is penis and scrotum and testis inside will be studied
Doctor :   as a part of study of reproductive system
User :   as my penis is large when not errect will this be in the way at anytime
Doctor :   do not worry about it, it will not affect their study.
Doctor :   yes they should be able to see it when studying the brain stem
Doctor :   the professor wil explain them what abnormality they see
User :   may i ask how can thay get to my brain ?
Doctor :   and will make them see the normal brain in some other body
Doctor :   they can see it bu opening the skull bone, which will then give free access to brain
User :   hows this done i have hair on my ead
User :   and skin
Doctor :   you do not have to worry, the dissection time will help them get to the bone while studying the face and forehead, and once they reach the bone, it will be cut open for them by an expert using a saw, but taking care not to damage details of brain
User :   will my head move about when my skull being opened up
Doctor :   no, it will be kept steady.
User :   how with what
Doctor :   for all your doubts about the things done to your body in the anatomy departmet for study, you can contact one of the professors there and request a detailed explanation
Doctor :   and if possible witness a dissection
Doctor :   I cannot provide you with all the details here, as minor procedures can differ from institution to institution.
User :   iv tried thay say i need not know i like to see a dissection as i like to know whats going happen to mine
Doctor :   then you can request to see one
Doctor :   since you are donating your body
User :   thay say it may put me off body donation but i wont as i wont know anything once dead will i
User :   yes im on the list
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   and yes it is right that you will not know anything once you are dead of what is happening to the body
User :   as a doc do you agree iv done a good thing by donating my body
Doctor :   yes, donating body for study is good, do not worry as you have done a good thing, many students will get benefited by you and remeber that they learnt on you in their entire medical practice.
User :   ok can i ask you ever herd of dr van hagen the german doc ?
Doctor :   yes I have heard about him? are you donating your body to him?
User :   at one time i was thinking too you seen his work
Doctor :   yes I have seen few of his works, it is good
Doctor :   very informative and easy to learn from them
User :   i did want to donate to him but was not sure if its as usefull
Doctor :   ok
User :   if i wanted too can i change my mined and still donate to him ?
Doctor :   you can still make changes if you want to, it is your body and your will as to whom you want to give it to and for what purpose
User :   does he respect the bodys
Doctor :   yes, everyone handling the body for study purposes respects it.
User :   may i ask its plastination he does yes ?
Doctor :   yes he mostly does plastination
User :   when i asked he told me he make me a full plastinate for bodyworlds you herd of this show ?
Doctor :   yes I have seen his shows
Doctor :   it is for general study and knowledge
Doctor :   not extensive study as in med schools
User :   i be on public display yes
User :   may i ask how does he make me stop roteing ?
Doctor :   by using preservatives and replacing and making tissues preserve in parraffin treated with chemicals
Doctor :   it is a complex process
Doctor :   and takes a lot of time
User :   whats this polymore he was saying about
Doctor :   it is a special substance that does not let the tissues decay
User :   ok y doeshe need to skin my body
Doctor :   contact him personally for exact details and to visit his workshop.
Doctor :   to see how they do the stuff there.
Doctor :   it will answer all your questions.
User :   ok you been grea help too
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   hi sporry yes
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   yes how long will it be after im dead that there start to use my body
Doctor :   it can be withing 24 hours after embalming or after as long as 10 days, depending on what purpose they use it for
User :   so where am i stored for that time
Doctor :   in the mortuary if still not taken over by the concerned authorities.
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