Gozitan priest bequeaths body to University for research

Father Manwel Camilleri, a priest who hailed from Sannat, Gozo decided to dispose of his mortal remains by leaving his body to the University of Malta for medical science to continue to carry out research and save more lives.

During a funeral mass for Fr Camilleri, held yesterday at St Margaret’s Church in Sannat, Gozo Bishop Mario Grech reflected on the evangelical and Christian value of blood and organ donation. Bishop Grech described Fr Camilleri’s gesture in offering his body organs for the service of others as a singular gesture of generosity.

Monsignor Grech said that through his noble gesture, from both the civil and evangelical aspects, Father Camilleri was inviting one and all not to hold back, and like him, to repeat this act of mercy.

Bishop Grech added that through this arrangement made before his demise, that of leaving his body for medical research, Fr Camilleri was today making a silent but strong appeal which he did not wish to fall on deaf ears.

“I appeal for all to reflect on what can be done to increase this culture of blood and organ donations,” Bishop Grech said. Whilst appreciating that blood donors are regularly on the increase, Bishop Grech said it was a pity that organ donation for transplants or laboratory research has still not caught on. He added that Dun Manwel’s remains are no longer with us, “but perhaps none like him has the potential to be ever present in the lives of many, as who can guess how many will benefit from the scientific study made possible through this generous donation?”