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Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS Exhibitions Welcome Specimens From World's First Living Body Donor for Plastination
Date:6/10/2008

s had already been excised from the limb during surgery. "We were quite surprised that his rare disease, bone abnormality, and bone cancer were not evident in the limb. However I felt a deep obligation to this donor who had fought his disease so bravely. I was determined to turn the amputated limb into an anatomical treasure that could be used to teach future generations of doctors." The limb was transformed into multiple sheet plastinates thin as wafers using Dr. von Hagens' scientific invention of plastination.

Rohner's plastinates, numbering 75, will be distributed to medical schools around the world, as well as presented with a multimedia narrative of his incredible story in upcoming BODY WORLDS exhibitions. With his donation, Rohner joins more than 200 donors already in the exhibitions who gave their informed and legal consent to be on display in BODY WORLDS for the scientific education of future generations. "However, Mr. Rohner is a historic figure because he is the only living donor in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. His story and his commitment to scientific education is remarkable," said Dr. von Hagens.

Seen by more than 25 million visitors in 45 cities around the world, Gunther von Hagens BODY WORLDS are the only anatomical exhibitions with an established body donation program, and the only anatomical exhibitions that use donated bodies. With the exception of fetuses from historical anatomical collections pre-dating 1920, and some small organs from hospital anatomy and pathology programs -- all of the specimens in BODY WORLDS (more than 180 out of 200 specimens per exhibit), originate from the Institute for Plastination's Body Donation Program, established in Heidelberg in 1982 and managed by the Institute for Plastination since 1993. As of June 2008, the Institute for Plastination's Body Donation roster includes 8626 living donors from around the world (among them, 7366 Germans and 728 Americans) and 580 deceased donors (among them, 569 German
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