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U's Medical School in need of body donors

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - 175 people gave their bodies to science and education at the University of Utah last year and on Friday the University’s School of Medicine held a memorial service to honor those body donors and their families.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - 175 people gave their bodies to science and education at the University of Utah last year and on Friday the University’s School of Medicine held a memorial service to honor those body donors and their families.

Val Argyle's dad is one of those being remembered for his decision to donate his body.

“We were a little uncomfortable with it,” said Argyle. “He didn't like funerals, turned out being a favor for the family to do this, we’re so glad he did.”

The donated bodies help medical students learn about anatomy and researchers make medical discoveries.

“It is absolutely, so, so important for us,” said Vivian Lee, Dean of the Medical School. “The ability for our students to learn real anatomy and disease from real individuals, real patients and people is absolutely critical to our education.”

The U's body donor program has been around since the early 1940s, but this year the need for cadavers is greater than ever. The School of Medicine is expanding-- adding more students who'll use up more resources.

“We're going from 82 students to 102 this fall, plus another 20 dental students and in a couple more years we'll be even bigger on the medical school side so we have a desperate need for more individuals to donate their body and we're very grateful,” said Lee.

After getting over the initial shock, Argyle realized his dad's decision to donate his body just made sense.

Now he's considering the same for himself when the time comes. “It's a small way to give back and I won’t care.”
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