Channel 4 viewers react to TV documentary My Dead Body

Viewers have praised a woman who gave her body to medical science after her section was aired in a television documentary.

Toni Crews, 30, died of a rare eye cancer in 2020 but renounced her anonymity after donating her body to Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Her dissection, which directly benefited over 1,000 medical students at the school, was broadcast on Channel 4’s documentary My Dead Body, which aired Monday November 5.

One Twitter user, Vikki Palmer, said: “Toni Crews, you were, are and will continue to be an inspiration.

“Such an amazingly brave woman who donated her body to medical science.”

Another user, @mementowori, added, “Thanks to everyone who donates their bodies to science and thanks to Toni Crews for doing something really unique by showing it to a wider audience.”

Toni, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, became the first person from Britain to have her body dissected on television after she waived her anonymity.

The Argus: Toni drew attention to her cancer after losing her eye to the diseaseToni raised awareness of her cancer after losing her eye to the disease (Image: Blinkofaneye_)

Viewers watched as parts of Toni’s head were removed to examine the tumors in her brain that were the cause of her death.

Another moment after the dissection saw one of her eyes taken out, having previously lost her other eye to save her life from the rare cancer.

One man, David Hatton, took to social media and called the show “a sad but fascinating watch”.

He added: “More people need to surrender their bodies to science. Channel 4 should give viewers details on this. It’s amazing how many people you can help.”

Another social media user, Martine McPherson, said: “How brave she and her family were. She has given the medical profession a fantastic gift.”

Toni endeavored to raise awareness of her cancer during her treatment and posted updates on her Instagram account @blinkofaneye_.

Her donation was described as a “brave and selfless act” by a medical student, who added that the section made her “a better nurse and person”.

My Dead Body aired on Channel 4 on Monday 5th November but is still available to watch on the catch-up service MY5 TV. Channel 4 viewers react to TV documentary My Dead Body

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