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More Korean seniors are stepping up to donate their bodies to science

More Korean seniors are stepping up to donate their bodies to science

When it seemed her time was near, Hyun Choi summoned her six children to Southern California — four of them from South Korea.

Her last wish, Choi told them as they sat in her Fullerton home, was that she wanted to donate her body to science.

Her children were appalled. Her decision struck them as flying in the face of Korean customs. They wanted to be able to visit her at the burial plot they had set aside in Korea, next to where their father lay.

But Choi was adamant. She'd heard on the radio that body donations were far lower among Asians than other races, and believed that she and other Korean Americans should do their part to further medical research.

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