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Body Donors Help Medical Students at GRU

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GRU students honored nearly 200 people who donated their bodies for medical education and research.

The memorial service for body donors is a yearly service for people who donate their body for science.

These boxes hold the cremations of those who donated their bodies for science.

 "Someone donating their body is hugely important for education. Without being able to put your hands on a body, you really don't have a global understanding of what's going on," said GRU Medical Student, Caitlyn Duffy.

Donors help medical, dental and health students get hands-on classroom experience with cadavers.

"I don't think you can learn the anatomy when you look in a book. It is very flat  in a textbook," said Duffy.

Body donors serve as the first patients for many entering the field through dissections.

 "You see the layers of everything. You are trying to work on one piece of the body, there are other things to take into consideration," said Duffy.

So far, the registry includes more than 10-thousand people but they always need more donors with increasing class sizes.

"When you see it all come together and how it makes the arm move or the leg move and how the organization of the heart, lungs, it gives you a better understanding when you see patients," said Duffy.

The bodies are embalmed with a special fluid to preserve them for the classroom.

You have to be at least 18 to donate.

If you'd like to help, check out the GRU website about the donation program.


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