"Partial Burial"

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From:"Lahey, Joanne" <laheyj@BATTELLE.ORG>
To:"'HistoNet'" <HistoNet@Pathology.swmed.edu>
Date:Fri, 09 Apr 1999 08:30:43 -0400

We had a case where we had to release a patient's leg to his family for
burial.  It was for religious reasons.

This reminded me of a case back in the mid-sixties when I worked in
Harrisburg, PA.  An amputee of limited means (thus unable to afford a burial
plot) had his leg buried in the coffin with a good friend who died at the
same time as his surgery.  The widow allowed this unusual circumstance, and
it was avowed that - at the time of his own demise (when he had presumably
accumulated enough wealth to have a proper site) - the grave would be opened
so that the leg could be removed and included in the coffin of its rightful
owner.  I always thought that was "one for the books"!

Joanne Lahey
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Duxbury, MA 02332-4546
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