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Woman with muscle disease donates body to science

Update: June, 07/2015 - 00:21

by Van Dat

Nguyen Thi Tuy, a native of Ha Nam Province's Phu Ly City, has asked friends to complete paperwork at Ha Noi Medicine University to allow her to donate her body to a hospital after she dies.

In an interview with Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper, Tuy said that she has no living relatives.

"All parts of my body, except my legs, are sound. I have never had any disease. This is also a way to save money (on funeral expenses)," she said.

She hopes that her body or organs can be used to save the life of someone in need.

Tuy, who is in her 60s, said she had once dreamt of becoming a petroleum engineer, but she later gave up that ambition. Her mother wanted her to remain single and take care of her sister, who had myasthenia gravis, which severely weakens muscles.

When Tuy was 18 years old, she was diagnosed with the same disease, which became progressively worse. In the last 25 years, she has rarely ventured out of her home. — VNS

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