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April 15, 2017. Dr. Margolis reflects on our experience live streaming autopsy casework. The cases are real. How does the public respond to the truth? Read post.

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We have the possibility this season of doing The Autopsy Talks (our adult event/discussion) as a Dinner-And-A-Show package here in Chicago.
a. Yes. Adding dinner sounds cool.
b. No. Leave it as just the event.
c. Give it a shot
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#SleuthIt with Autopsy Center

You are taking a break, heading to your favorite snack shop when the phone rings.

"The hospital killed my baby," says a man on the line.

You walk to the edge of the sidewalk, forget about your treat and listen.

"He was healthy. He was doing well. Then six weeks later, he was dead. The hospital killed him," he continues.

"The wouldn’t tell me anything, so I went back to the intensive care unit the next day. You know what I saw? The ICU was empty. They moved all the babies out and put them somewhere else. And they were cleaning it out. Washing the floor and the walls. They’re covering up something," he says, angrily.

"And I heard another baby died there," he adds.

You ask why his son was in the ICU and learn that he was premature.

"32 weeks," he explains. "My wife just had an ultrasound that was entirely normal. I want an autopsy."

After talking a bit more, you learn it was a rough delivery — 24 hours and they had to use suction.

You agree to take the case.

It’s two days after the baby died now as you take the hospital onesie off and lay the baby on your table. He’s normally developed and there’s early decomposition – some skin slip. The abdomen is quite pushed out (distended), but you don’t notice much else on the outside.

You begin the Y-shaped incisions and, within 30 seconds you realize how the discussion with the father will go.

After the case, you call the father and begin.

"The hospital wasn’t covering anything up," you say. "They were probably following protocol by cleaning the room. Your baby did start out healthy, but the more premature the baby is, the longer it takes to get sick this way."

What most likely did you see?
A. A congenital heart defect.
B. Dead bowel with scattered bubbles on it.
C. Traumatic bleeding in the brain.
D. Extensive decomposition and underdeveloped lungs.
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Nikki Mihheart defect

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Hilary SellersWhy would they let a 32 week fetus deliver vaginally after 24 hours of labor and not do a C-Section? I understand letting the lungs develop after getting the shot (can’t remember medicine name). But why would they risk suction on a premie? I am stumped on the actual answer though. My twins were born at 32 weeks and they were checked head to toe multiple times a day in the NICU.

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Ingrid MaEither B or D

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Rachael FleuretteWhen a dead body sits, the blood can pool at the lower part of the body and discolor it. Can you see the body change color as you embalm? Is that a strange question?

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Sarah ToppWhen you have finished with the brain, do you put it back in the skull, or does it go into the body cavity with the rest?

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Ernestine LawrenceAmazing job you have with out Dr.like you some of us would never know how are love one passed away Thank you.

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Nancy MillerI have always had an interest in this field, how do you separate yourself from getting emotionally involved?

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Yvonne ExellDo you just do the autopsy or the reconstructive process also?…especially in RTA cases personally I love seeing the results the technicians give so the family can view the body it’s like nothing has ever happened

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Julie Starr RinamanMy cousin tore his aorta 5 years ago, and thank God survived and the surgery was successful! Within a month he was able to go back to work part time. Thankful that CPR kept him going long enough to make it to the OR.

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Steve YoungI do the same thing when i carve pumpkins

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Shakira ShemoraWhenever I come in here I never see anything

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Mindy King-RodgersWhy did you choose this career?

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Jacob HubbardWhat made you want to get into the field as a medical examiner?

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Kirsten ClarkWhen you first began, did you get queasy, and if so, how did you get over that?

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Mary Santoro McMahonGreat information
Thank you for this post

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Susan HilligossWas this the car accident gentleman

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Susan HilligossI’m sorry I am late I feel like I have no idea what is going on

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Brad FranaKeep Up The Great Work! Enjoy Your Teaching!!

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Rebecca VokinsDo you ever get noises from the decreased?

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Idyllic NeeKolYeah sad story..I remember that

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Cherie WilkeIt is a de-brief of the case last week.

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Sarah ToppWe love appropriate and respect❤️ Thank you

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Steve YoungThank you so much for sharing your work!

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Steve YoungHave you ever found a foreign object inside a body, not related to their death?

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Julie Starr RinamanMary Roberts, I’ve been there to visit and it was a beautiful area!

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Julie Starr RinamanJasmine he’s not allowed to give names due to privacy laws

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Terry EberlyLet’s get this show on the road..

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Desiree KeahiI’m only hearing noises but no visual

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1 week ago

Finished last part of documentary interview today. Now it’s time to…you know….The Weekend.
Thanks for joining me this week.
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Faith KingHave a nice weekend! I’m hoping for one more trip down the river in a kayak before winter sets in.

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Sylvia CantuThank you so much for the info its appreciated👍🏼

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Samantha MentonThey always just assume and make family overthink

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Samantha Mentonwas he pronounced dead at scene or did he have more complications before he died

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Meredith MillerI understand…whats the difference between a coroner and medical examiner?

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Carlos Kyle Paddy ReddeyVery informative as always. Have a great evening.

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Hilary SellersAre aortic tears common in middle aged people?

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KelleyJo BruenningAlways enjoy watching your videos.

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KelleyJo BruenningRipped aorta while riding and got into accident. But aorta.

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KelleyJo BruenningHow old was the victim?

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Melissa ThurmanHi from Melissa in smoky California. Love your feed!

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Jess Louise WaltonHow difficult is it to change an original COD

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Nicole Grabowski KunzThere must have been some pulse detected, that’s the only way ems would have tried aed and cpr

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Kerri CollinsI wish you taught my A&P college course

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Danielle Shay MettlenHi from pittsburgh! Thank you for explaining your findings!

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Rebecca VokinsI see u watching dude !!

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Sylvia CantuHave a great week thanks

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Mary RobertsHello from Fredericksburg

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Meredith MillerHow old was your patient?

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KelleyJo BruenningHello from Florida. Forensics college student here.

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Carlos Kyle Paddy Reddey9.57pm London Good evening Doc.

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Heather Westman-DeverVery sad for his family.

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Hilary SellersI missed COD. What was it?

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