More are comfortable donating bodies to science


Gabriele Carroll was uncomfortable when her father first suggested that he and his wife donate their bodies to science after their deaths. But today, she feels much differently.

Wright State University hosted a “beautiful ceremony” for her parents and gave them a “peaceful” resting place on campus, Carroll said. And now she finds hope that the medical students will be able to use her parents’ illnesses to one day find a cure.

That kind of positive testimonial could be behind the rapid rise in Dayton area residents wishing to donate their bodies to Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine — so many that the program has had to close to new registrants for the time being.

Enrollment has nearly tripled in the last decade to about 11,000 people, said Dan Miska, director of the anatomical gift program.


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