Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Terminally ill cab driver becomes a mummy

This is a true story.

A terminally ill British cab driver has recently been mummified. Let me elaborate.

61 year old Alan Bimms was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, being a big fan of documentaries, ancient egypt, history in general he agreed to have his body mummified after seeing an advertisement for a TV show wanting to film the process. Using historically accurate mummification methods, his body is now going to be around for a loooooong time.

I gotta say, that's pretty awesome that he was able to get that creative with his body post-life. Rest in Peace.

From the Dailymail:
Over a period of several months following his death in January, Mr Billis’s internal organs were removed and kept in jars, with the exception of his brain and heart.
His skin was covered in a mixture of oils and resins and bathed in a solution of Natron, a salt found in dried-up river beds in Egypt.
After a month in a glass tank at the Medico-Legal Centre in Sheffield, which houses the city’s mortuary, his body was taken out, placed in a drying chamber and wrapped in linen.

Dr Stephen Buckley with mummified Mr Billis

Source -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2050293/Terminally-ill-taxi-driver-Alan-Billis-mummified-Channel-4-documentary.html#comments

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