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Last Chance For a Noble Act

By Gerardo Chávez Saavedra and Luis Gerardo Mack Reynoso

We all think that death is the limit for us to act charitably because we think it’s impossible to accomplish anything after that point. But there is something important and transcendental that we can do to live in people’s memory after we die.

It is possible to donate one’s body to medical research and education. This is different from donating your organs for transplant because there is a cut-off age for donations for this purpose. We are talking about to giving, for example, the whole body to the University of Guanajuato for academic purposes such as research and learning activities.

Why donate your body to science? After death your corporeal body trancends your life and helps to improve medical science for several years. Donation of your body is the last true act of free will and an enormously generous act for future generations. The body (as a cadaver) offers medical researchers and students the oportunity to learn directly from the uniqueness of a real human body.

Who uses your body?

Thousands of medical professionals receive training and education at the University of Guanajuato through the generosity of anatomical donations. Researchers also generate knowlege that could bring medical advances to light for some diseases.

What does it cost?

The transportation fee to the University’s Amphitheatre in León, necessary paperwork (except the Certificate of Death), and legal issues are usually covered by the University of Guanajuato. The cost of any funeral service or other religious ceremony is not covered.

Is it difficult to donate one’s body for medical science?

No, it’s all very easy. You need only to fill out a form, have two witnesses, and bring a copy of IDs (e.g., passport or permanent residence document of the donor and the witnesses).

Can I donate my organs for transplantation and the rest of my body for science?

Yes you may! Donation of organs is always given priority. After the removal of healthy organs for transplant, the rest of the body can be used for academic purposes.

How long does the body remain in use?

Although it depends on the specific scientific investigation and the medical techniques applied to the body, normally for several years.

The University of Guanajuato has an open door policy for those people who want to help in their after-death for the advancement of medical science and education. We profoundly appreciate body donation.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Gerardo Chávez Saavedra, Professor/Researcher at University of Guanajuato

Phone: 01 (477) 267 4900 Ext. 3682. From 9am–2pm, Mon–Fri.

E–mail g.chavezsaavedragto.mx

Av.Puente del Milenio 1001 Col. Fracc. San Carlos, León GTO.

 

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