• Question: Have you ever not been able to figure out why someone died?

    Asked by aliceredington17 to Laura, Nicola, Norman, Sandra, Thanasis on 14 Mar 2013.
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      Nicola Wardrop answered on 14 Mar 2013:

      I haven’t ever worked with people that have died before, but sometimes we find people in the areas that I work who have certain diseases and we are not sure why…sometimes they happen in places where they have never happened before, but we don’t understand how they got there! Somehow the bacteria or parasite has been brought into that area (perhaps in a person or an animal), and then it has passed onto other people.

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      Sandra Phinbow answered on 15 Mar 2013:

      Not me personally no, but sometimes a post mortem has to be recorded as ‘inconclusive’. Where the pathologist just has not been able to find any evidence to support a specific illness and so the cause of death is unknown.