A 76-year-old woman in Australia was collecting eggs on her rural property when an aggressive roster started pecking at her lower-left leg, causing significant hemorrhage. A report published in the journal Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology revealed that the woman died after the incident.
Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, reported that two small lacerations on the woman’s leg were seen in the autopsy. One of these was over a large varicose vein. Thus, the doctors concluded that she died from "exsanguination" due to bleeding from a varicose vein following the rooster attack. "Death was therefore due to exsanguination from bleeding varicose veins following an attack by a rooster," the researchers wrote.
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Dr. Roger Byard, a professor of pathology at the University of Adelaide and co-author of the new report, stated that attacks by roosters are “very rare.” Although it seems that the rooster attack was the reason for the woman’s death, the researchers stated that it was also influenced by her preexisting conditions. According to CNN, an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia, the pathologists discovered that she had been treated for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and varicose veins in the past.
"This case demonstrates that even relatively small domestic animals may be able to inflict lethal injuries in individuals if there are specific vascular vulnerabilities present," the paper concludes.
According to the National Institutes of Health, varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins under our skin. Although this is common, it can cause implications such as nonstop bleeding. In a 2012 study by researchers from Greece, they reported a 66-year-old woman died from bleeding due to a ruptured varicose vein. One of the causes was heart disease, which could increase one's risk of death from varicose vein bleeding.
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