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Can a family member donate your body to science?
At the time of death, a representative will work with the next of kin to complete any authorization forms and provide transportation at no cost to the donor or their family. Once the body is received, the organs and tissue will be recovered and provided to medical scientists for research purposes.
What happens when a person donates their body to science?
Information is kept on file — sometimes for many years — until the donor passes away. Another medical assessment is done to approve the donation. If the donor still meets the program’s requirements, the body is discreetly transported to a facility. From there, it’s not embalmed like it would be at a funeral home.
How do I leave my body to medical science?
If you wish to donate your body to science, you should make your wishes known in writing (and witnessed) before you die, and inform your next of kin. The minimum age for donation is 17. You will need to complete a consent form, which you can get from your local medical school.
Can I leave my body to a body farm?
Yes, out-of-state- donations are accepted. The body must transported to us. Arrangements must be made by the family or next-of-kin. We strongly encourage you to make pre-arrangements with a local funeral home for the transportation of your remains prior to your death.
Do you have to pay to leave your body to science?
If your organs were not removed for transplant when you died, you may be accepted as a body donor by your chosen medical school. Donating your body to science is an altruistic gift and is not something that you or your family will be paid for.
How do I Donate my Body to science?
Donating your body to science is a relatively straightforward process. Below are the steps you’ll need to follow. Step 1: Find an appropriate donation organization. Many medical schools offer full body donation programs. There are also private companies that accept bodies.
What is the procedure for accepting a whole-body donation?
Mayo Clinic’s procedure for accepting a whole-body donation begins with notification of a donor’s death. A health care representative from the hospital, medical facility or hospice organization where the death occurs should contact Mayo Clinic’s donor program coordinator.
What happens if the next of kin opposes whole body donation?
The gift of whole-body donation is authorized by the individual, but the legal next of kin is responsible for carrying out the donor’s wishes. If the next of kin opposes the donation, it will not occur. Mayo Clinic advises donors to notify their families of their intentions. See initiating the donation process.
What happens when a donor dies at science care?
Upon acceptance, Science Care will coordinate donor transportation to a Science Care facility. Upon acceptance, Science Care covers all costs of donation, including cremation, transportation, and filing of the death certificate. Tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and returned in 3-5 weeks.