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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Dexter Mattox's first patient in dental school was a 94-year-old retired nurse.
By giving her body to medicine after her death, she allowed Mattox and his classmates to literally explore the makeup of her brain, see veins and arteries up close and touch the muscles in her face.
On Friday, Mattox, a second-year student in Georgia Regents University's College of Dental Medicine, was finally able to say thank you.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that GRU medical students and faculty held a memorial service to honor 170 donors who gave their bodies to science so students could better understand human anatomy.
They hosted the donors' families, who packed the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium and held a service that had the feel of a funeral with a message.