A horrified medical student left an anatomy class in tears after seeing that the body they were just about to dissect belonged to his friend who had passed away. Enya Egbe was with his classmates during a class at Nigeria’s University of Calabar when he noticed that one of the three cadavers on display was his friend of seven years, Divine.
- Divine died tragically. As Egbe told the BBC: “We used to go clubbing together. There were two bullet holes on the right side of his chest.” Egbe had no idea that Divine had died and was devastated to discover the man had lost his life.
- Egbe left the class crying. Oyifo Anya, one of Egbe’s classmates who ran after him when he left the class, revealed that he wasn’t surprised to see Egbe so upset, especially since the circumstances of Divine’s death were so tragic. Unfortunately, they also weren’t unique. “Most of the cadavers we used in school had bullets in them,” Ana said. “I felt so bad when I realized that some of the people may not be real criminals.”
- Egbe eventually got in touch with Divine’s family. It was a good thing he did, as well, as he learned that Divine’s family had been in touch with three different police stations after Divine went missing. Divine and three friends had been arrested by security agents on their way home from a night out, and while the family was eventually able to reclaim his remains, it’s still unclear how he met such a brutal end. Some of the officers involved in Divine’s death were fired. While they weren’t arrested or prosecuted, it was a small step in getting justice, especially since police brutality is such a big issue in Nigeria.
- He struggled with moving forward with his medical degree. Egbe unfortunately suffered a bit of psychological trauma because of what he went through, but he was eventually able to process what happened and he graduated a year later than his classmates. He now has a job at a hospital night lab.