There is little worse for a doctor than losing a patient.

Even if saving them was simply out of their control, a patient dying in their hands will likely weigh on their minds for some time.

It's not much easier for doctors who perform autopsies, as they have to make the less than happy discovery of what caused the death.

More often than not, it turns out to be more or less what they expected.

Though every now and again, they find themselves making a discovery that they never would have guessed in a million years.

A recent Redditor was curious to hear the most shocking discoveries surrounding a patients death doctors made while performing an autopsy, leading them to ask:
"Autopsy doctors of Reddit, what was the biggest revelation you had to a person's death after you carried out the procedure?"

Lucky Cut!

"Worked at an animal hospital."

"They did necropsies for zoos all the time."

"An alligator died, and they shipped it to the hospital, refrigerated etc to stop the decay."

"They took it out and put it up on the table."

"After doing all the paperwork, they started opening up the alligator."

"After the first cut, the alligator opened its eyes."

"Turns out it wasn't dead, the zoo vet mistook an illness for death and the low temperature put it basically into a coma."

"Unfortunately this is all the information I know on this story."

"It's been 7 years since I worked at that place."- BurrShotFirst1804

Literally Stuffed

"I worked at a coroner’s office for a while and once we had a guy who we thought had died from an OD."

"Well we started the autopsy and I went to cut his lungs out and blueberry muffin mix started coming out of them."

"I stuck my finger in his mouth and it was full of blueberry muffin mix."

"And it was in throat."

"Turns out he got just high enough to pass out while eating the muffin mix and he ended up choking to death."- Dink-a-sorous

Karma At It's Most Ironic

"I did the autopsy of both a robber and his victim."

"The robber shot the victim in the back when he tried to escape in a motorcycle, and the robber was shot by the police in the exact same situation."

"What's interesting is that they both died by exactly the same lesion."

"Both of them had their 4th lumbar vertebra shattered and their aorta, main artery of the body, sectioned at the same level."

"I thought of it like an extreme example of instant karma."- quiet-sorrow

It's Easier Than You Think

"As a student in the medical field, I had the opportunity to visit a cadaver lab."

"I was very surprised to see how many people had died from choking."

"Out of the twelve or so cadavers in the lab that day, at least 7 or 8 were from choking."

"I went home and immediately looked up how to perform self Heimlich."- thnx4stalkingme

Not As It Appeared

"During medical school I did a forensic pathology rotation during 4th year."

"Had an autopsy on a woman found in her burned out home."

"She was on home oxygen and the fire started in her bedroom."

"There were also liquor bottles around the home, so they thought was maybe she was drunk, smoking in bed, and caught herself on fire?"

"She was badly charred up on the outside with no real distinguishing characteristics I could see."

"We opened her up and when we got to her lungs they were just the prettiest pink you could imagine."

"Just like in the textbooks."

"This means she wasn't alive to breathe in the smoke and soot from the fire so she had died, spoiler: was murdered, before it was set."

"Ultimately I read in the paper some weeks later it was the boyfriend trying to get insurance money."- MedicalJargon-itis

Surprise Ending

"Training in the Medical Examiners office."

"Elderly woman found dead by herself in her home."

"There was nothing suspicious so I was given the case."

"Took out all the organs, dissected everything, completely unremarkable."

"I cut through the larynx as the last step before I could clean up and finish the case and boom, giant piece of chicken lodged in her windpipe."

"Died choking on dinner."- fangboner

A Closer Look...

"I was an investigator for a state medical examiner for just over 2 years."

"Had a mom that had 'drank herself to death' according to the husband after relapsing on Mother’s Day weekend."

"I just felt like something was off."

"Sent her for an autopsy."

"Had a ruptured liver where dude had essentially beat her till she internally bled to death."

"Later, while out on bail, he stole a semi truck, crashed it in a pond, got out shooting at a deputy, and they killed him."- imahntr

Must Have Been Quite The Movie

"Former homicide detective here."

"Suspicious death, 30-ish male found alone by cleaning staff in the back row of a sparsely attended sci-fi movie."

"Strange scratching wounds around/in mouth."

"Some petechiae in eyes and on cheeks, but no signs of strangulation."

"No obvious signs of chronic illness or disease."

"Presented as healthy, normal adult male."

"Found on his person was a wallet with normal contents, and a single cancelled movie ticket, indicating he went alone."

"Weird, spy movie sh*t going on here."

"Autopsy: a large amount of popcorn compacted in his esophagus."

"Like a half cup."

"Dude was apparently excited by the movie, stuffing popcorn in his mouth, and choked."

"The scratch marks around/in his mouth were self inflicted, trying to dig out popcorn."

"Verified via fingernail scrapings, his was only DNA present."

"Loud movie, he was in the back, no one saw or heard him choke."- sheepwearingajetpack

Autopsies offer closure to friends and families of the deceased.

Even if sometimes, it results in learning information they likely would have rather not known.

Prolonging the unpleasant work of the doctors, when forced to be the bearer of bad news.

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"What is the best struggle meal?"

Pea soup. My grandma made it with just water, a bag of peas and some spice. So good.


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"Toast with butter and sugar."


"My dad would always make toast with butter and brown sugar. Toss it in the oven to get a crisp and it was magical."



"Spam and rice. The poor hawaiian kid special."


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"A bag of beans that costs $2 or less, some tomatoes and spices. Will last longer, be more filling, and not give you a sodium overload. Honestly, most things go good with rice."


"Had this for lunch today and threw in a couple of eggs too!!"


For food reason...



"I know this is a bit gourmet relative to this, but try the Shin Ramyun brand ramen some time. It is so freaking good, especially the Black one. It's surprisingly close to standard restaurant ramen. About 2 bucks, bigger portion than most ramen. I saw some people doing a huge ramen tournament, and Shin Ramyun won. For food reasons."


"Yes pretty much any Noodle will do. Straight fire."


The Best Basics

"Red beans and rice."


"I was going to say, as long as you have beans and rice, you can live off of that alone for a very long time or potatoes by themselves has more nutrients than any other 1 food and can keep you alive longer than anything else. Potatoes has kept kingdoms and countries from starvation through times on war, droughts, and high inflation."


Good easts...

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"The comfort food I had when poor as hell was grilled cheese that you dip in warm tomato soup. Taste like pizza, I still do it from times to times."


Everyone needs comfort and this food.

The Fav

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"Frijoles from a pot with fresh Pico and a tortilla is my fave. Or queso fresco, tomato and onion in a tortilla."


Oh Shin...

"Ramen, alternating out the seasoning and sauces you use each time."


"Try Shin Ramyun. It's bigger and costs a little bit more. But it blows the others out of the water. Especially the Shin Ramyun Black one. Has some vegetables and mushrooms in it."

"I saw Good Mythical Morning do a ramen tournament and Shin Ramyun won. Wasn't surprised at all. You can find it at any Asian market, but it's pretty common in other stores these days. International section often has it."

"It's pretty similar to the ramen you would order in a little mom and pop restaurant. Put an egg in it if that's your thing, but it's good as is."


That’s life...

"Soft fried egg added to a tortilla with cheese and salsa, put back into the pan for a minute to get the tortilla crispy."


"Nice. I do this too but with beans instead of salsa."


"I toast my tortilla first using a skillet. Try that. I sometimes add a slice of ham. That’s life. No salsa for me though."


Use Jiffy

"A couple of cans of tuna (in oil or water, as you like), drained. Prepare a box of macaroni and cheese (the deluxe if you can swing it). Add a little finely chopped onion, half a bag of cooked frozen peas, salt and pepper. Give it a dash or three of celery salt if you have it, really makes the dish. Heat it through, stirring occasionally, serve."

"Hey presto, stove top tuna casserole. Tuna packed in oil will give a better flavor and be more calorie dense. Deluxe mac & cheese has the cheese goop in a pouch instead of the cheese powder. If things are really tight use a couple of boxes of the powder sort."

"Also, beans and cornbread. A bag of pinto beans is cheap, do them in a slow cooker if you have one. Add a little bacon if you have it. Make the cornbread from scratch or use the Jiffy cornbread mix. Yum."



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"Ground beef, egg noodles, and packet gravy mix. Can feed a family of four."


"Ground beef is not cheap these days though.


Now I'm hungry. Who else?

Do you have a favorite struggle meal? Let us know in the comments.

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