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posted: 8/22/2014 1:01 AM

Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream

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  • Johntrell Bowles, left, works on a cadaver in the gross anatomy lab during the 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the medical school at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind.

      Johntrell Bowles, left, works on a cadaver in the gross anatomy lab during the 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the medical school at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind.
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Associated Press

GARY, Ind. -- A 17-year-old Indiana high school student has been deemed mature enough to handle a situation many could not -- he's helped prepare cadavers for an incoming medical class.

The student, Johntrell Bowles of Gary, has participated this summer in the 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest, also in Gary. He is the youngest person to do so.

Bowles has dreamed of becoming a doctor since a young age. He says his mother was diagnosed with mild congestive heart failure and deemed unable to care for Bowles and his siblings, so they live in a foster home.

In his application for the program, he said he can't help his mother's illness, but he can help others. His ultimate goal is to attend medical school.

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