A mortician has shed some light on what happens to the human body after someone dies, including why people sometimes poop when they die and what medical examiners do with silicone breast implants, which “don’t decay.”
Gerald Ledford, a Little Rock, Arkansas medical examiner, went viral Tik Tok sensation after he began sharing a series of grim end-of-life details.
He’s talked about everything from why he has to ‘remove men’s testicles’ while performing an autopsy to the heartbreaking reason why someone’s hair and fingernails can appear to continue to grow after they’re dead.
Most recently, she responded to a person who asked her if breast implants are removed before burying someone, since they are made of a material that does not decompose naturally.
A mortician named Gerald Ledford has shed some light on what happens to the human body after someone dies, including what medical examiners do with silicone breast implants.
‘Are yours. You bought them, you take them to the grave,’ he told his followers.
She responded to a person who asked if fake boobs are removed before burying someone, since they are made of a material that does not decompose naturally.
‘After you decompose, the boobs will still be there, they won’t decompose. The skin will shrink around it and eventually break down.
He did not specify what happens to them if the person is cremated.
Many people, especially those who have had breast surgery, were stunned by the fact that their implants will remain in their coffins with their bones for the rest of time, and took to the comments section to share their thoughts.
‘Oh… I didn’t think of this when I got the implants,’ wrote one person.
Another said: ‘I’m going to be bone and boobs, got it.’
“Walking through the cemetery, hearing a soft thud as the implants fall out,” someone else quipped.
‘Thank God… I paid a lot for these beauties,’ read a fourth comment.
‘Are yours. You bought them, you take them to the grave,’ he told his followers. ‘After you decompose, the boobs will still be there, they won’t decompose’
Many people, especially those who have had breast surgery, are stunned by the fact that their implants will remain in their coffins with their bones for the rest of time.
“Best money I’ve ever spent… to have huge knockers on my skeleton,” another user added.
In the video, which garnered more than 478,000 views, Gerald also debunked the rumor that your hair and nails keep growing even after your heart stops beating.
He explained that it only appears like this because the “embalming fluid dehydrates the skin” and makes it “shrink.”
In a separate TikTok, the coroner explained why people occasionally release fecal matter when they’re dying.
“Sometimes when we pass away, the muscles that support our poop relax, which means you poop and pee your pants,” he revealed.
‘It’s not my favorite thing, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s totally natural. I would say that about two or three cases out of 10 do. Sometimes you put up with it and I thank you, it makes my job a little easier.
He also talked about why he has to remove the private parts of many of the men he performs autopsies on.
“If it’s a homicide, we get them out,” he said. ‘We removed them to make sure the person wasn’t hurt or hit there.
‘We have to make sure there’s no trauma, make sure they’re both there. The autopsy report is from head to toe, we declare everything. Sorry guys.’
Gerald also debunked the rumor that your hair and fingernails continue to grow after you die. He explained that it only appears like this because the ’embalming fluid dehydrates the skin’
The medical examiner also explained why people sometimes shit when they die. He explained: “The muscles that hold our poop up relax.”
It has been said that almost all organs are removed and examined during homicide autopsies, including the testicles.
According to the medical examiner, not many details are given to him about who a person was or what they were doing at work when they are brought into his office.
She said she is often just told how they died, but sometimes you can figure out some of their interests based on the tattoos they have.
However, she admitted that her job can be difficult at times, so she tries to avoid learning too much about the people she’s working with.
“I try not to learn names or situations or think about you when I go home, but some stay with me,” he shared, noting that “infant deaths” usually leave him mortified.
Gerald admitted that he was terrified on his first day, but endured so he could help bereaved families.
I’m not going to lie, I was scared. It’s scary here. I opened that bag, there was a 30-40 year old man who had died from a drug overdose,’ he shared.
‘I was scared, I thought, this is not how it is in the movies, this is weird. How am I going to do this?
“But I knew I had to be strong for the patients and the families of the patients, so that I could help push the bad guy away.”