Body Donor Procedure
Bequests are made to the school for the furtherance of medical research and teaching for medical and therapeutic sciences’ students.
Enquiries may be directed to Mrs. Stella Modimoeng on telephone number 011717-2441.
Contact may also be made:
Mrs. Cheryl Bove – telephone number 011717-2213 e-mail: Cheryl.Bove@wits.ac.za
Ms. Lizzie Marole – telephone number 011717-2305 e-mail: Lizzie.Marole@wits.ac.za
Upon enquiry a letter of information will be faxed, e-mailed or posted together with a registration form which must be filled in and returned to the school. The school will acknowledge receipt of the registration form by issuing the requestor a letter of acknowledgement with a reference number. The reference number must be quoted in all communications with the school.
Only in-tact bodies are accepted and subject to the dreaded diseases clause. There is no age restriction for being a body donor. The school collects bequeathed bodies within a radius of about 300kms and acceptance of a donated body is subject to inspection by the school’s representative at the time of death.
In the case of accepted body donors, all costs are borne by the school. Mr. Phillip Legodi (telephone 011717-2309) deals with beneficiaries regarding the collection of a donated body from the designated undertakers and the issuing of death certificates. The school works on a 2 to 3 year turnaround before a donated body is cremated (at the school’s expense). The family or beneficiary is contacted by Mr. Legodi when the ashes are ready to be collected. (Ashes are only returned if such a request was made on the registration form).
The school also accepts bequests that have not been formally arranged, in which case an affidavit will need to be signed by the next of kin. It should be noted that delays in accepting a donor may be alleviated with early registration.