(Mirror Daily, United States) – You might start to think donating you body for science is not such a good idea after you hear about human body meant for research found on road.
While on patrol, a police officer found the body of a 79 year old female on a highway in Texas. Although it sounds like the beginning of a CSI episode, the situation happened recently. The body was on the side of the road and belonged to Nell Joseph.
Now, don’t go imagining the body simply laying there uncovered. It was actually inside a black bag in which there were several ice packs. This is what helped the police officer understand that the body was what they call a study specimen.
The story of the woman goes like this. After suffering a very long time from lung disease she died around Thanksgiving. Her family, who was called to identify the cadaver, told the police that Nell Joseph decided to donate her body to science just before she died. In this way, she might be able to bring her contribution to scientific discoveries that could help other people in the future.
After her death, the corps was going to be delivered to the Science Care center in California, where medical researchers would have used it to study the pulmonary disease that caused her death.
However, her body did not reach California, but made a stop in Texas. According to the police investigations, the van in which Nell Joseph’s body was transported had a back window. The window was not properly sealed and the speed of the van combined with a few curves on the road lead to the body being literally thrown out the window.
Besides the police investigation, the Science Care center in California conducted its own investigation to find out what happened. The conclusion was that the window seal was indeed broken and therefore it was the main reason that made the cadaver fall on the road.
However, they might be doing some further investigation in order to understand why the driver didn’t notice the incident and whether he has a fault in this or not. Until then, they decided to cease their collaboration with the transport company.
All in all, donating your body to science is really worth it if you want to make a difference, but make sure your cadaver will be on good hands.
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