Chorley student learns to dissect body in television series Body Donors

FILMED DISSECTION: Emily Tasker, third left, with the students

FILMED DISSECTION: Emily Tasker, third left, with the students

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A student from Chorley hopes to break taboos after being filmed learning how to dissect a body for a new television series.

Emily Tasker, of Sandringham Drive, Brinscall, was one of a group of anatomy students filmed during their first year at the University of Liverpool for documentary Body Donors.

“I know that the crew have assured us it will be done tastefully. I think it could be a bit controversial, but people might have preconceptions of it and by watching it, it could break those preconceptions.”

Emily Tasker

The two-part series looks at body donation from the perspective of donors, anatomy students and surgeons.

It follows two people who have decided to donate their bodies through the last months of the lives.

And the programme sees Emily, 19, start her first whole-body dissection class and talk about a trip to Rwanda where she worked in a missionary hospital.

Emily, a former pupil of St Michael’s CE High School in Chorley and Runshaw College, said: “My first dissection class I found a bit difficult.

“I had to sit out with the teacher for a while because I was struggling with it, the emotional side of it really.

“After that I spoke to the teachers and the technicians and realised it was an amazing opportunity and I needed to fully embrace what was being offered to me.”

Emily, who hopes to become a doctor, has not yet seen the series and plans to watch the first episode alone when it is broadcast on Tuesday.

She knew nothing about the person she was dissecting at the time - not even his name - but she will be able to watch him before he died.

Emily hopes the programme will break taboos surrounding body donation and encourage people to talk about it.

She said: “I know that the crew have assured us it will be done tastefully.

“I think it could be a bit controversial, but people might have preconceptions of it and by watching it, it could break those preconceptions.”

The first episode of Body Donors, produced by Daisybeck Studios, will be shown at 9pm on Tuesday on Channel 5.