FAQ Willed Donor program
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  1. What arrangement should I make if I am admitted into a hospital, move to a retirement community, a nursing home or any type of care facility prior to my death? If you are admitted into a hospital, move to a retirement community, a nursing home or any type of care facility, it is recommended that a copy of the dedication form be placed on your chart or care plan. When death occurs, the program should be notified immediately by calling +254734510541. Arrangements will then be made to receive the body into our program.
  2. Should the donor inform someone of the bequest? Is it necessary to include my body donation in my will? Yes. Your survivor or designated responsible party should be informed of the arrangements you have made. You may also choose to inform your family, doctor and lawyer of your wishes. You do not need to include the bequest in your will, as a will may not be read in time for delivery of the body to the university. It is more important to have these instructions readily available on a wallet donation card or donation form and have your survivors be aware of your intentions
  3. Can I donate someone else's body, such as my wife's or my husband's? An attorney in fact (person who has legally been given Power of Attorney) for the donor may be able to sign donation papers during the donors life. Alternately, a spouse, registered domestic partner, or next of kin can make a donation after death. 
  4. Who may serve as a witness to my donation? Anyone 18 years or older, preferably someone expected to be a survivor, may act as a witness. Two witness signatures are required on our donation forms.
  5. How can I leave my body to medical science? Forms authorizing the donation of the body can be obtained by calling (858) 534-4536 or writing: Body Donation Program Department of Human Anatomy, University of Nairobi, P.O Box 30197 – 00100, Nairobi
  6. If a bequest is made, and the donor has a change of mind later, can the gift be rescinded?  Yes, if the request is made in writing by the donor.
  7. What is the procedure upon the death of the donor? What if I should die on a weekend or holiday? The next of kin, executor, or hospital personnel should call the Body Donation Program office at +254734510541. This same number should be called on nights, weekends, and holidays.
  8. Will any payment be received for the body? No payment may be made in connection with a body donation. This policy is in accordance with Anatomy Act, and all institutions accepting human remains must comply with it. However, by donating your body you avoid all funeral or burial costs.
  9. Will your department accept my body if I die very far from University of Nairobi or outside the Country? No. Because of transportation costs, legal issues, and potential deterioration of the body, donations will only be accepted if death occurs within reasonable distance (200km) from UON.  Deaths that occur outside of the 200km radius could be accepted on a case by case basis but transportation outside of the 200km radius is not provided.
  10. What expenses are involved upon the death of the donor? UON will assume all transportation costs to deliver a donor to UON. The only cost to the family or the estate is the cost of the Death Certificate.
  11. Is it possible for an ambulance service or even my family to deliver my body to the Medical School? Yes. However, all donors are transported in a professional, ethical manner in vehicles equipped with proper mortuary transportation systems.
  12. Are there any conditions which would invalidate my donation? Extreme obesity, or a history of contagious diseases (Hepatitis B or C, HIV, untreated tuberculosis, etc.) are the major reasons we cannot accept a donor.
  13. Can a person be too old to donate his or her body? No. Age is not a consideration in body donation. Only the conditions described above may make a donation unacceptable.
  14. Will my body be used for teaching or research? Most bodies are used to teach medical and pharmacy students, and in physician continuing education programs. A small number of bodies are used to teach students in allied health fields such as nursing and physical therapy. Some bodies are used for research or by surgeons to study new operative techniques.
  15. What is meant on the donation form by "permanent preservation" of an organ or part for teaching purposes? An organ or part from a body may be so unusual (such as an abnormally developed, or diseased organ or part), or so useful for teaching purposes that it is desirable to preserve it so that more than one group of students may study it. Such an organ can be "plastinated" so that it may be used over and over without deterioration.
  16. Will my family receive a report of your findings? No. We do not conduct autopsies and no reports are prepared. Bodies are used anonymously in medical education and research and no record of pathological findings is kept by students.
  17. What about autopsies before donation? Autopsied bodies are only accepted on a case by case basis because the value for anatomical study of an autopsied body is limited.
  18. What is the final disposition following study? After studies are completed - generally a period of one to three years - the remains are disposed as per the anatomy act. No notification of final disposition will be sent to the family.
  19. Is there a memorial service for the donors? Yes. Relatives can have a memorial service at CFP.