Body Donation Program

Criteria for Non-Acceptance into the UMMC Body Donation Program

While we make every effort to honor someone's wish to donate, we must carefully review each potential donor's medical history at the time of death with the health-care provider or family before granting final acceptance into the program.

Reasons a donation cannot be accepted include, but not limited to, any of the following:

  • Death occurred outside of Mississippi
  • Death caused by suicide or extreme trauma
  • Disputes over the donation by legal authorizing agent or next of fin
  • Notification of death not received in a timely manner
  • Certain infectious diseases, e.g. hepatitis, AIDS, MRSA, etc.
  • Severe obesity (body weight over 275 lbs.) or severe wasting
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin), excessive fluid retention, excessive decomposition or body in fetal position
  • Previously embalmed or autopsied
  • Organ(s) or tissue(s) removed for organ donation except the corneas
  • If the number of donated bodies required by the school will be exceeded

The UMMC Body Donation Program reserves the right to accept or reject a donation at the time of death if any of these conditions or diseases are present. Therefore, it is our recommendation that alternative plans are made with a death care provider (funeral provider), in the event that the body is unsuitable for donation.