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Title: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Lisajb on Saturday 06 November 21 15:02 GMT (UK)
 I am thinking that the cause of Mary's death was "mortification of bowels".  Could someone take a look to see if they agree?

Thanks
Lisa
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: ShaunJ on Saturday 06 November 21 15:06 GMT (UK)
Yes I agree
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: manukarik on Saturday 06 November 21 17:11 GMT (UK)
I agree!
Look at the end of the first paragraph in the second column here:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/25493437?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents (https://www.jstor.org/stable/25493437?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents)

which is talking about a strangulated hernia, I think.
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Viktoria on Sunday 07 November 21 01:23 GMT (UK)
Yes and the strangulation (very  tight twisting in a loop )would mean no blood supply to that part of the bowel  which would die .

Viktoria.
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Lisajb on Sunday 07 November 21 08:34 GMT (UK)
Poor lady. It sounds horrible.
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Ray T on Sunday 07 November 21 09:45 GMT (UK)
My GGGGrandfather died of ďMortification of legĒ. Iíve always assumed that itís more to do with lack of a blood supply.

Having suffered from a blood supply issue to my own bowels, I can tell you that it isnít very pleasant!
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Viktoria on Sunday 07 November 21 11:20 GMT (UK)
Yes Ray but in the case of ď Strangulation of the bowel ď we would call it torsion today ,but just as a ligature or tourniquet cuts off blood to a serious wound so will a tight twist to the bowel.
Our bowels move as part of the digestive process ,peristalsis , squeezing the contents along

If there is a hernia then part of the bowel can protrude out of the body but behind the abdominal skin however the gap in the muscle that has allowed that protrusion can tighten up thus trapping the bowel outside the abdominal cavity ,that is a strangulated hernia.
Little or no blood supply causes gangrene ,so a big operation to remove the
necrotic tissue of the now dead bowel section .
It all makes for cheerful reading!
How lucky we are nowadays with antibiotics and so forth.
Whilst still a serious condition the outlook for such patients is very very good indeed.
Sadly not so in the time of the woman ,subject of the post.
Viktoria.
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Ray T on Monday 08 November 21 13:21 GMT (UK)
Nothing to do with a hernia in my case - Iíll spare you the gory details - but nothing two weeks in intensive care couldnít cure!
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Viktoria on Monday 08 November 21 15:25 GMT (UK)
Glad to hear you are cured .
On a flippant note you swallowed grape seeds did you or the odd plum stone.?
Oh those horror stories from childhood -orange trees growing inside you or causing appendicitis !
Apparently puppies swallowing elastic bands can cause serious obstructions.
Viktoria
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Ray T on Monday 08 November 21 17:29 GMT (UK)
Didnít swallow anything as far as Iím aware. The surgeon said he didnít know what caused it, it would probably not happen again and, so far, it hasnít.
Title: Re: Mary Millard cause of death
Post by: Viktoria on Monday 08 November 21 18:46 GMT (UK)
Glad to hear that.
Viktoria.