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Reader letter: Help Norwich Medical School by donating your body

PUBLISHED: 17:11 30 October 2017

UEA - University of East Anglia.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

UEA - University of East Anglia. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

We would like to make your readers aware of how they may be able to practically help the anatomy department at Norwich Medical School at UEA.

We recently attended a very moving thanksgiving service at Colney Wood, along with 22 other families — our only bond being that someone in our family had donated their body for use in the UEA Medical School.

Many readers will have known our dad, Philip Ball — either because he was their maths teacher at CNS in the early 50s, their headmaster at Thorpe Grammar School, or through his letters to this paper, his membership of Princes’ Street URC, his involvement in Christian Aid or the local United Nations group — or other of his many interests.

They will not be surprised that he wanted to be useful even after his death by donating his body to UEA anatomy department. As a life-long educator, what a great way to help educate future doctors.

The service was to “remember and honour the people who have given of themselves in this most generous of ways”. It included sincere thanks from students and staff.

One student commented: “At Norwich Medical School we are taught by an incredibly enthusiastic anatomy team with access to various resources to aid our learning. Without a doubt however, the most powerful learning resources we have during our time here are the wonderful, thoughtful individuals who have donated their bodies to allow us to learn better than we ever could from textbooks alone. In doing so, they have invested in our training to become the best doctors we can be, and I know we shall all do our best to honour this and put the lessons they have provided us with to good use throughout the rest of our careers.”

If you would like to consider donating your body, please contact anatomy@uea.ac.uk. They can give you more information and send you appropriate application forms. The staff were very happy to answer any questions we as a family had.

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