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Death during indigenous treatments: chocking due to a half of a lime

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S.M.H.M.K. Senanayake

Teaching Hospital, Anuradapura, LK
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Abstract

Thirty six years old woman, who was suffering from convulsions, decided to follow indigenous treatments. After beating with a coconut flower, when a lime was cut over the mouth, indigenous practitioner asked the patient to swallow the cut lime, put the cut pieces into the mouth and pushed them deep using the cutting instrument. She struggled and found dead. Multiple injuries were found. Larynx was obstructed with half of a lime. This case shows that a conscious adult also may die due to choking if a food particle is forcefully pushed deep into the mouth. It is an example for homicidal chocking. Health education and regulations are necessary on indigenous treatments.
How to Cite: Senanayake, S.M.H.M.K., (2017). Death during indigenous treatments: chocking due to a half of a lime. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law. 8(2), pp.7–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v8i2.7794
Published on 30 Dec 2017.
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