Every now and then we get a Dead on Arrival come to ED.

When people are found dead, they need to be 'certified'.  That is to say, you're not dead until the paperwork's done.

A few weeks ago I went to certify a DoA that arrived about 4am.  The body was in a hearse in the ambulance bay, attended by two old, ocker funeral workers.

I realised as I approached them that I'd forgotten a torch, to check the dead person's eyes.  I said to  the men, half-jokingly, 'Oh, I forgot my pupil-torch.'

To which one of the men replied, 'Oh don't worry love, he hasn't got eyes.'



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