In the first ever ''human cadaver'' donation in Meghalaya, renowned
artist Moinul Haque Barbhuiya donated his body to North East Indira
Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS)
before breathing his last at his residence here.
is the first such donation in Meghalaya and I hope many others would
be inspired to emulate Barbhuiya's noble example,'' Dean of
NEIGRIHMS, Dr P Bhattacharyya said.
Moinul Haque Barbhuiya, 57, died of cancer August 5 at his Nehu campus
residence at Mawlai . The gesture, however, was not free
from controversy with one of Barbhuiya’s sisters demanding that the
body be buried according to Muslim tradition.
of NEIGRIMS, P. Bhattacharyya said that one of his sisters today
came to the institute and wanted to take the body back.
as the teacher’s wife and daughter had given their consent in
writing to donate his body as the teacher had wished, we had kept
the body at the institute. But we will consult legal experts,”
the medical institutes of India in general and those of the
North-East in particular, there is a great shortage of human
cadavers which are needed by the Anatomy Department of Medical
Education for dissection purposes.
Barbhuiya's noble example, Dr Bhattacharyya said more people should
be encouraged to donate their organs or bodies to save others and to
be of some help to mankind.
''He was committed to donate to the NEIGRIMS and his noble gesture
was in the interest of the mankind,'' Barbhuiya's wife Prof Geeta
''Barbhuiya is a Muslim by faith, yet he did not allow his creed to
overcome his personal mission to serve society even after his
death,'' Prof BS Mipun, a close friend of Barbhuiya, stated.