Thursday, February 28, 2008
A Motgue Attendant Must Have Nerves Of Steel
You have probably, as have I ,a different perception than a decade ago about those people who work with the dead.Heroic forensic pathologists and anthropologists are portrayed by several leading authors.Numerous popular TV programs have brought us to a First Name relationship with some with this training and function;
.Have you ever thought whether you could do that kind or any kind of work with the dead?I always thought no, even when I was dating a pathology resident and spent more time in the morgue than ordinarily anyone would.
Something happened in our area last year that made me sure that was the best decision.
A young man of around 20 was hit by a car while walking home.one midweek night.Thr driver who hit him was in a panic but called for help.The police and ambulance arrived within a few minutes.The usual hustle and bustle took place at the scene.A paramedic pronounced the young man dead.He was then taken directly to the morgue..
The attendant did all the photographs, undressed and XRayed the body. As he was applying the tag getting ready to put the young man in the cold storage area to await autopsy,the physician cane in.The attendant rolled the gurney back toward the table.At about the same time,both the attendant and the physician noticed the hand began to tremble then flex.
Turns out the young man was not dead.
He was rushed to the Emergency Room then admitted to the hospital.Hr died in three days without regaining consciousness
.There was quite an uproar about it.The family is taking legal action,the paramedic and his partner were fired,there was an internal investigation of the Policemen involved,the doctor was considered a hero and the poor morgue attendant just went back to work.
No,I have not heard of any appearences of ghosts in that morgue,but who knows?