Belagavi: Can anyone imagine how emotional it will be if father take promise from his doctor (anatomy) son to dissect his body after his demise and son accepts it.
It was a rare event wherein Dr Mahantesh Ramannavar, an anatomy professor of B M Kankanwadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya of KLE University, Belagavi, dissected the body of his father on November 13, 2010 in-front of his students and KLES chairman Dr Prabhakar Kore amid the immense emotional atmosphere. The event was so important that even the BBC channel telecast the news. Here, Dr Mahantesh’s mother Sushiladevi is equally entitled for applaud, who gave moral courage son to dissect father’s body.
Mahantesh’s father Basavanneppa, who also was a medical professional, had specified his son to donate his body to the institution where he is serving and perform his body dissection. It was a second historical event across the globe. In the 17th century, Dr William Harvey Folkstone Kent of England had dissected his sister’s body.
Cadavers plays a vital role in teaching anatomy in medical science but many medical institutions are facing scarcity of cadavers for teaching anatomy through dissection. Dr Mahantesh is running Dr Ramannavar Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization, through which he creates awareness on cadaver donation besides eye and skin donation in the state and outside as well. He also receive cadaver donations through the Trust and distribute them to needy medical institutions.
Till date, 2,000 plus people have registered with Dr Ramannavar Charitable Trust, Bailhongal for eye, skin and body donations including Gurusiddha Swami of Karanjimath, Belagavi. Inspired by the deeds of Trust, 108 people from single village Shegunasi in Athani taluk of Belagavi district have pledged their bodies with Dr Ramannavar Trust. The organization also honour students score highest in Anatomy in the first year since 2009, in the memory of late Dr BS Ramannavar. Contact- 9242496497
Story by- Ravindra Uppar