Skin in the game

The Victoria Hospital skin bank in Bengalaru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that only 20% of those approached for a donation of skin agree to give some. People are ready to donate the eyes and all else of their deceased loved ones, but not skin.

The skin of a dead person can be used in grafts for up to six hours after death and it can also be preserved for longer. It seems that, despite undertakings to the contrary, people are nervous that skin removal will disfigure the corpse – but only a small portion is taken from the back and thighs.

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