Postmortem “delivery” in a pregnant fire victim

  title={Postmortem “delivery” in a pregnant fire victim},
  author={B. Vennemann and M. Bohnert and S. Pollak and M. Grosse Perdekamp},
  journal={International Journal of Legal Medicine},
A 23-year-old woman traveling in the front passenger seat of a car was killed in a traffic accident involving two rear-end collisions. [...] Key Result After the fire had been extinguished, a charred body was found in a pugilistic attitude with an exposed abdominal cavity and a ruptured anterior wall of the gravid uterus. Between the woman’s legs, an almost unburned fetus was found with body measurements corresponding to a gestational age of 28 weeks.Expand
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