Channel 4 dissects mother-of-two’s body first on TV

Channel 4 is set to air a new documentary showing a woman’s body being dissected.

The program, titled my corpsemarks the first time a named donor has been dissected on television.

my corpse will chronicle the life, death and autopsy of Toni Crews, a mother of two who died of cancer in 2020 at the age of 30.

Told in her own words, the series features the dissection in a series of educational workshops designed to educate viewers about the “science of cancer.”

Crews was diagnosed with lacrimal gland cancer in 2016, a rare form of the disease that led to her eye being removed. In 2020, she was told her condition was terminal.

Crews agreed to donate her body to medical science and also agreed to have it on public display. Earlier this year she became the first British body to be publicly dissected in almost 200 years.

Professor Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy at Brighton and Sussex Medical School said: “We have been privileged to explore the journey of cancer through Toni’s incredible donation.

“As part of this documentary, we were able to invite more than 1,000 students, including nurses, paramedics and neuroscientists, who would not normally know about this one in a million cancer.

“Toni’s gift of body donation doesn’t end with this documentary either; Her body will be used to train our medical students and doctors for years to come.”

The program will include home video footage as well as interviews with her family. “High-tech” language replication is also used for the narration.

Anna Miralis, Editor-in-Chief of Channel 4, said: “This groundbreaking documentary will bring together the very latest in anatomical science and cutting-edge technology to tell one of the most intimate stories ever: how a young mother bravely fought for her life against a rare form of cancer.

“By donating her body for public display – the first of its kind in the UK – Toni Crews has given us an extraordinary and unique insight into the journey of the disease; while the presence of her voice in the form of diary entries, letters and social media posts ensure the film is filled with all the warmth and generosity that characterized Toni’s inspiring life.” Channel 4 dissects mother-of-two’s body first on TV


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