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Shocked student: he saw his best friend's body in an anatomy class

2021-08-03T21:07:00.946Z

He had to practice on a corpse and there he realized that it was his friend. 08/03/2021 11:31 Clarín.com International Updated 08/03/2021 11:33 AM A medical student in Nigeria ran out of his anatomy class after recognizing a corpse that he was asked to dissect - it was his best friend. The British channel BBC now recalled the story that medical student Enya Egbe lived seven years ago . The young man, then 20 years old, was practicing anatomy at the University of Calabar



08/03/2021 11:31

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Updated 08/03/2021 11:33 AM

A medical student in Nigeria ran out of his anatomy class after recognizing a corpse that he was asked to dissect - it was his best friend.

The British channel BBC now recalled the story that medical student

Enya Egbe

lived seven years ago

.

The young man, then 20 years old, was practicing anatomy at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, with other students.

There were three corpses to dissect there, placed on three different tables.

But at one point, Egbe screamed and ran: he had recognized Divine, his best friend, as one of the corpses.

The two of them had forged a friendship over the past seven years.


Seeing the corpse of his friend, the student ran off.

Photo: AFP

"We used to go dancing together," he told the BBC.

"He had two bullet holes in the right side of his chest," he painfully recalled. Oyifo Ana, another student in the class, followed Egbe out of the classroom and found him crying outside.

“Most of the corpses we used at school had bullets.

I felt really bad when I realized that some of the people may not be real criminals, ”added Ana.

Egbe contacted Divine's family, who had traveled to different police stations to try to find the young man after he and three friends were arrested by security agents.

The friend had been killed by local policemen.

Photo: AFP

Divine's family was finally able to recover a body.

The shocking discovery in the medical class marks the lack of bodies available in Nigeria for medical students and what can happen to victims of police violence.


In Nigeria, a current law delivers "unclaimed bodies" in government morgues to medical schools.

The state can also seize the bodies of executed criminals, although the last execution took place in 2007.

The dramatic situation occurred in Nigeria seven years ago., AFP Photo

More than 90% of corpses used in Nigerian medical schools are

"criminals killed by gunfire,"

according to 2011 research published in the medical journal Clinical Anatomy.

In reality, this means that they were suspects, shot dead by the security forces.

Their estimated ages are between 20 and 40 years old, 95% are men and three out of four belong to the lowest socioeconomic class.

"Nothing changed ten years later," Emeka Anyanwu, a professor of anatomy at the University of Nigeria, a co-author of the study, told the BBC.

Nigerian student Enya Egbe.


How the case continued

The Nigerian Association of Anatomists is now pushing for a change in the law to ensure that morgues obtain complete historical records of bodies donated to schools, as well as family consent.

It will also establish ways to encourage people to donate their bodies to medical science.

Egbe was so shocked to see his friend's body that he abandoned his studies for weeks,

imagining Divine standing by the door every time he tried to enter the anatomy room.


He ended up graduating a year after his classmates

and now works in a hospital laboratory in Delta state.

Divine's family managed to get some of the officers involved in her murder fired

, meager justice but even more so than that experienced by many other Nigerians whose loved ones were victims of police violence and may have also ended up in medical schools around the world. country.

Source: BBC

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