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Free scattering of ashes offer helps ease shortage of cadavers for students

Hong Kongn medical schools have long struggled with a shortage of donated corpses, which students need for their anatomy studies. Photo: Sam Tsang

A shortage of human cadavers for the city's medical schools has been eased by an unusual offer - free scattering of your ashes when you die if you agree to donate your body for study.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 7:55am

Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 13 comments

University urges public to donate bodies for research and teaching

The university desperately needs the public to donate bodies because computer images and models such as these are no substitute for the real thing. Photo: David Wong

The medical faculty receives only three to five donated corpses each year. Many of the 20 corpses needed for research and autopsy training come from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department which collects unclaimed bodies of homeless people.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

Gang members deny carrying out murders and selling bodies

Seven members of a gang accused of murdering people and selling their corpses pleaded not guilty yesterday in a court in Jieyang, Guangdong, local media reported yesterday.

20 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Mortuary opens early to cope with demand

A new 'world-class' mortuary was opened two months ahead of schedule yesterday to ease pressure on the three other public mortuaries. It received 30 bodies from the mortuary in Hunghom.

Kwai Chung Public Mortuary, which cost $160 million and had been due to open in September, has storage space for 220 corpses, a room for keeping decomposed bodies and two autopsy rooms.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

A Season for the Dead

A Season for the Dead

by David Hewson

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9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Corpse found under bed of skeleton

The corpse of an old woman was yesterday found in a home-made coffin inside an abandoned hut in Happy Valley - 10 days after a skeleton was discovered lying on the bed under which the coffin was concealed.

17 May 2002 - 12:00am

School in court for digging up bodies

A court case involving a medical school that exhumed bodies from unmarked graves has turned attention to the shortage of cadavers facing mainland medical students.

The Intermediate People's Court in Zunyi city, Guizhou province, is now considering an appeal by the Zunyi Health College, which was sued last year for exhuming a body for the purpose of teaching medical students.

8 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Corpse found floating off bay

A woman's body was found floating off Big Wave Bay, Shek O. A handbag and a pair of shoes were found on the beach, but there were no identity documents.

20 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Woman's corpse on hillside

The badly decomposed naked body of an elderly woman was found on a hillside at Tso Kung Tam, Tsuen Wan yesterday.

The woman, 69, was reported missing by members of her family last Monday. She was identified by her son and daughter-in-law last night.

Police located the woman's family after her identity card was found near her body with some cash scattered about.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Police in corpse hunt

More than 50 police were last night searching for parts of a male corpse in a drainage channel and hillside in Shekkipmei after the lower part of the body was found in a nullah at Fung Ping Lane.

6 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Body found in flat

THE decomposed body of a 78-year-old man was found in a flat on Shekkipmei Estate. There were no suspicious circumstances, police said.

2 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Bid to stop body snatchers' fight for corpses

IN a month when 28 people drowned in Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, it has been something of a relief to learn that at least no one will be fighting over the bodies of the victims of Thailand's latest disaster.

The first people at the scene of the nation's numerous civic tragedies have, in the past, usually been what the local press dubs 'the rescue workers'.

25 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Bodies found in enclave

A BADLY decomposed headless body of a man was found under the body of a woman floating in the water near the Ariea Preta district, Macau police said.

Officers later recovered the skull of the man about 20 metres away.

5 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Corpse found

THE body of a new-born baby girl was found at a barbecue site on Old Cafeteria Beach, Tsuen Wan, yesterday. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. Initial investigations indicated the baby had been dead for a week.

8 Feb 1993 - 12:00am