Under the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of North Carolina subject to general statutes:
Any competent person 18 years or older can will his or her body to High Point University’s Willed Body Program by completing a Document of Gift by Individual Self form and submitting it to High Point University’s Willed Body Program.
Any person legally authorized to make an anatomical gift of a decedent’s body* can donate the body of their loved one to High Point University’s Willed Body Program by completing a Document of Gift by Legally Authorized Person and submitting it to High Point University’s Willed Body Program.
There is no upper age limit for donors wishing to donate.
To register for anatomical donation, a donor, or legally authorized person(s) of a donor, must complete a Document of Gift form signed by the donor or legally authorized person(s) and two witnesses in the presence of each other. The Willed Body Program also requires that a donor or legally authorized person(s) complete a Vital Statistics Worksheet and Medical and Social History Worksheet. All forms must be completed and delivered to:
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. §130A-412.8 and N.C.G.S. §130A-412.12 a donor or an authorized representative may revoke an anatomical gift at any time prior to death in writing and by submitting the revocation to High Point University’s Willed Body Program. Upon receiving the written revocation, the decision to revoke the gift takes place immediately, and the Willed Body Program will remove the donors name from the active donor registry.
Once procedures to prepare a donor for the program begin, a donation cannot be revoked by any survivors or legally authorized person(s), and no contractual terms of the document of gift can be changed.
* N.C.G.S. § 130A-412.11 provides for the following classes of persons to donate a body for educational purposes in order of priority listed:
(1) An agent of the decedent to the extent authorized under a power of attorney for health care or other record who could have made such a donation during the deceased’s life;
(2) The spouse of the decedent;
(3) Adult children of the decedent;
(4) Parents of the decedent;
(5) Adult siblings of the decedent
(6) Adult grandchildren of the decedent;
(7) Grandparents of the decedent;
(8) An adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent;
(9) The persons who were acting as the guardians of the person of the decedent at the time of death; and
(10) any person having the authority to dispose of the decedent’s body.
Please click the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of North Carolina link to read the entire Act.
High Point University’s Willed Body Program is a whole-body donation program. Organ and tissue donation, other than the donation of eyes for corneal transplantation, will make a donor unsuitable for our program.
To become a donor an individual must not carry any infectious communicable disease, such as but not limited to;
To become a donor an individual cannot have any of the following medical or physical conditions at time of death:
High Point University reserves the right, at any time, to decline a donation that does not meet the criteria for acceptance into the Willed Body Program. The final decision to accept a gift is at the sole discretion of the Willed Body Program.
High Point University highly advises donors, a decedent’s legal next of kin, and agents of the decedent to have alternative arrangements should a donor not meet the criteria of our program upon death.
High Point University’s Willed Body Program is committed to making the choice to donate stress free for you and your family. For this reason we will cover the cost of the following
*If death occurs outside of a 300 mile radius of High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, the Willed Body Program reserves the right to:
Every effort will be made to accept and use an anatomical gift that has been donated to High Point University’s Willed Body Program.
High Point University’s Willed Body Program strongly believes in the numerous medical advancements and patient care benefits that develop from the generous gift of whole-body donation. For this reason, we believe that higher education should never stop but continue throughout one’s life. Below are just some examples of how the gift of donation can make a lasting impact on our students and on our health sciences community.
Generally, the Willed Body Program may retain a donor’s remains for a period of three weeks to two years before cremation occurs and final disposition.