An old man from Gatundu South constituency in Kiambu county has left many residents shocked after offering his body to be used for Human Anatomy by medical students.
The octogenarian, John Kihiu Nduku, 86, has already written a will detailing his desire to have Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology medical students trained using his body organs for the expert experience.
John termed his decision as one way of saying “Thank You” to the medical fraternity after doctors at Gatundu Level Five Hospital operated on his body and successfully detected that he has been suffering from Asthma.
This was after suffering for long in pain since 1990 before the doctors from the hospital finally diagnosed him with the disease after carrying out several scans.
The old man narrated that he was admitted at the hospital on February 2019 while in absolute unconsciousness and a team of doctors who were attending to him selflessly helped him regain consciousness.
And as a way of saying thank you to the medical staff and recognize the job that is executed by medical personnel across the country, the father of three said he willingly decided to aid more aspiring medical staff study using his body organs for specialized knowledge.
“Upon my demise, I declare that my body should not be buried as the same should be used for Human Anatomy by Jomo Kenyatta University students. It should be used by students and physicians in the study,” reads a section of his will dated 5th August 2019.
Nduku explained that his body will benefit student doctors during their laboratory training sessions.
Speaking at his rural home in Githaruru village, the octogenarian revealed that he has since informed the government through Gatundu Deputy County Commissioner in writing.
He has also served a copy of his will to JKUAT management for action upon his death. The old man said that after his demise, a funeral service should be conducted as usual by the PCEA church but his body should not be buried as the same shall be handed over to the said university.
The old man noted that he declared his will voluntarily when in good state of mind and health adding that his will represent his true wishes as to how his body should be disposed of in case of his demise.
His wife Njeri has confirmed that she is ready to execute all the wishes as this will come a long way in helping improve services in many hospitals across the country.
Unlike in the west where it is prestigious to donate dead bodies for human research, very few Kenya families entertain such ideas leaving the phenomenon as a rare thing.