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Channel 4’s upcoming documentary will document the life, death and autopsy of Toni Crews, who donated her body to medical science.
The mother-of-two died in August 2020 at the age of 30, after being diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tear gland in 2016 and losing an eye.
In the special, Crews’ social media posts and letters to her children have been recreated with her voice by using replicating technology.
It will also see her body be dissected, which Channel 4 says is a world-first for television.
The promo begins with a voiceover, which is believed to be Crews’ words saying: ‘I believe tough times bring lessons.
‘And I believe this is the lesson I have learnt this time around. Everything is temporary. I always wanted to work in healthcare, I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse, or work in a nursery with children. Life has a strange way of working things out.’
It is later revealed that Crews applied to donate her body with the hopes of people learning more about her illness.
Head of Anatomy, Professor Claire Smith said: ‘I’ve never like Toni’s before and I am excited that we’ll be able to start on this journey.
Crews became the first public display cadaver in the UK since records began 180 years ago, and the first British cadaver to be seen being dissected in such a way, for almost 200 years, according to the broadcaster.
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The documentary will also see Crews’ family give an insight into her brave, funny and resilient character.
Crews’ mum Jo also shared that she was trying hard not to think about what the medical team were going to do with her late daughter’s body.
‘If you think and analyse what they’re going to do….. is a bit of a mind game as a mum.
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My Dead Body airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.
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