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Devils Advocate NZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-02-03 12:55 PM
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8. Here is what I think happened...
The ME always does a superficial description of the body as it presents itself. In other words he or she will note the presence of jewellery, clothing, etc. In this case the ME noted the presence of EEG patches.

Later, when the ME's report was read, it was picked up that the ME said that Kelly's body had EEG patches on it but obvious things like clothing and jewellery were not mentioned because they are unremarkable, but that this was never followed up by the press. It was just reported and not questioned. So us readers pointed at that and said it is unusual for a body to be found with these patches on it.

What we failed to notice or take account of is what happened to the body between it being discovered and it being described by the ME. Which it turns out is the perfectly reasonable and understandable attempts by paramedics to revive Dr Kelly. In the process they would have attached an EEG - standard practise in these modern times.

So this is a combination of standard procedure (the ME describing the body as he or she finds it, not as it was found on the scene) and poor reporting by the media (not verifying whether the EEG patches were on the body when it was discovered or were added by paramedics).

When it was finally explained, the mystery evaporated because what we are talking about is what SHOULD have been found on the body. In fact it would be more unusual if EEG patches hadn't been found, because it would indicate that no attempt was made to resuscitate him, even though they had no idea how long he had been deceased.
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