After Katie McDevitt passed away in 1980, her family knew they wouldn’t have a traditional funeral. Katie left her body to science, hoping to help advance medical research in any way she could.
Her family was astonished when they recently learned just how much their mother contributed. Katie’s gift, along with gifts from 29 other donors, were featured in a landmark anatomy textbook that thousands of medical students have studied and still use today.
“I was elated,” her daughter, Kate, said. “My father said it wasn’t surprising because of our mother’s generous heart. My mother was that loving, spiritual, faithful, wonderful person who served others, who was always concerned with the needs of others. She was 39 years old and bent on making a difference, and that’s why it made sense that she wanted to give her body to medicine.”
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