Voluntary body donation is a programme wherein the general population can will their bodies to serve the purpose of medical education and scientific research.
Body donation is governed by the Anatomy Act, 1949 - “An Act to provide for the supply of unclaimed bodies of deceased persons (or donated bodies or any part thereof of deceased persons) to hospitals and medical and teaching institutions for the purpose of anatomical examination and dissection and other similar purposes.”
Whole body donation can only be made to hospitals that have been authorised by the state government to accept such donations. These hospitals could be a tertiary hospital (a facility that provides medical care that requires highly specialized skills, technology and supportive services) or a teaching hospital where it will be used solely for the purpose of research or training of students.
Who can donate their body?
Almost anyone can become a whole body donor after death. There is no upper age limit. Even those who are very ill could be eligible, as researchers often require donors who have a specific disease or medical condition.
While it is not necessary to register in advance to become a body donor, it can be useful to connect with an organization in advance to ensure there is no confusion about the individual’s wishes and that arrangements are made quickly after the individual passes.
Body Donation Process:
Identify the closest hospital or medical college or NGOs that may facilitate body donation, and contact them to understand their requirements for whole body registration. Each hospital will have a slightly different set of rules and procedures.
You can obtain this information by accessing the following link - https://www.mohanfoundation.org/body-donation-hospitals.asp
Register yourself under the voluntary donation programme after understanding the procedure for donation. (sample registration form - Click here to download a Sample Voluntary Body Donation Form)
Discuss your intention to donate with your family as it is your family or next of kin who will carry out the process of donating your body after your death.
Misconceptions about Voluntary Body Donation
|Disclaimer - MOHAN Foundation does not accept voluntary whole body donations. Our counselors can guide a family for a body donation.|