Falklands mission for forensic pathologist
Jet lag is a luxury that forensic
pathologist Professor Guy Rutty could not indulge in during his recent trip to
the Falkland Islands, for whom he is a principal provider of a post mortem
Professor Rutty, who is Head of the
Division of Forensic Pathology, travelled to the Falklands with an embalmer
from the funeral directors Adkinson, of Oadby, Leicestershire, to examine the
body of 28-year-old Kirsty Brown,
a marine biologist who died after being attacked by a leopard seal in the
Antarctic in July.
Professor Rutty’s 18-hour journey took him overnight from RAF Brise Norton to Ascension Island and then on to the Falklands, where he spent 18 hours before making the return journey and launching straight into another case suspicious death case in Nottingham.
Arriving just after a snow fall in
winter with temperatures of minus one degrees centigrade, he had to attend a
talk on land mine and anti personnel device recognition before clearing
customs and embarking on an hour’s drive down a snow-covered gravel track to
Stanley. Once at his destination, the
examination took five hours in a mortuary without ventilators (for the
embalming fumes) or radiators, followed by a debriefing session with the
police, a meal and three hours sleep before the flight back to the UK.
His knowledge and expertise are internationally recognised, his most recent lecture being in September, when he travelled to Ljubljana in Slovenia to talk on Sudden Cardiac Death to the European Congress of Pathology (ECP).
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