We Named our Cadaver “Grace.”
By John Graham
March 21st, 2014
Every now and then I read something that I cannot forget. I was given a book entitled “Operation Soar: Empowerment for Students” by Sabrina Echols-Elliott, M.D. Dr. Elliott begins her book telling about her first day in Anatomy Class in medical school. I was deeply touched when I read:
“It was the best of times, and the worst of times. It was only by the grace of God and “the other Grace” that sustained me. Our cadaver was without a name, but there was a tag that gave the cause of death as ‘hepatic or liver failure.’ I thought to myself, ‘Why did she die of liver failure?’ So our team decided to name her ‘Grace.’ I knew only the grace of God would carry me and the team through our rigorous life-changing anatomy course. What I didn’t know, was that ‘Grace,’ my cadaver, would never leave my heart.”
At the Institute we call these “sacred moments.” I am referring to myself. Reading what Dr. Elliott wrote was a sacred moment for me. I am quite sure she has had many sacred moments with her patients.
John K. Graham, M.D., D.Min., President/CEO