Death by sneezing: How can it trigger a fatal blow?

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Guys, do you sneeze  the right-way? – Sometimes, It feels good when you blow your nose on a coerce manner, especially if you’ve been waiting for that “achoo!” to come-out the entire day. Today, it seems a shocking story unfolds on how a simple sneeze (sternulation) causes a man to die. We aren’t saying this can happen on your end, but an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a TON of cure.

It’s said that a retired engineer (John Oram, 79) died after suffering from a brain hemorrhage and heart attack after a one heavy sneeze at Torquay, Devon UK.


Home-care staffs heard Mr. Oram sneezed blatantly, shortly before he collapsed. On July 18, the force of the said sneeze caused a brain hemorrhage and heart trauma that lead the way to kill Mr Oram.

On an interview, His son (Mark, 50) said:

His father was ‘sorely missed’ and it was surprised something as ‘innocuous’ as a sneeze could have killed him.

He said: ‘It does seem to be unusual demise from sneezing but his medical history of having heart condition 30 years necessitated him being on medication.

‘I guess as you get everything gets weaker more susceptible to being damaged.’

Mr. Oram had a past history of heart condition and diabetes and was taking “Warfarin Drug” – Drug use for decreasing the blood coagulation by inhibiting vitamin K. Its also said that the drug contains side-effects on prolong usage.

The owner of the said care-home center (Michael Burnham) told the hearing:

‘On July 16 Mr. Oram was seen to have had a very violent sneeze. It was violent enough it to be noticed by two members of staff.

“I can only image the sneeze combined with the Warfarin could have been the cause of death.”

An autopsy was lead by Dr. John Bridger who made a verdict that there was no implications of “underlying trauma” or any skull-fractures.

Coroner (Medical examiner) for Torbay along with a South Devon Ian Arrow said. “John died of subdural haematoma – trauma to the brain – and coronary artery disease”

Added to that, the presence of Warfarin means the body is more susceptible to bleeding which means it could have been a minor trauma which lead to his death.

‘He would have suffered a minor trauma and on the balance of probably it was likely it was the sneeze which lead to his death.’

Ric Parson (South devon medical examiner, officer) said “it was the first case of ‘death by sneezing’ he had come across in 24 years

He said: ‘It was just a very sad end to his life”

Food For thought:

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Its said that the “death by sneeze” was triggered due to past diseases of the old man. That said, by the doctors doesn’t mean an individual who is healthy may not be affected by this accidental phenomena.

One should realize that blowing your nose really hard makes a thrust equivalent to your head and neck being recoiled like a “sling-gun” – push it too hard and there’s a probability that some fragile ligaments or your brain-cells might snap.

There are reports about people who made a hard sneeze then later on diagnosed with a migraine. Furthermore, instances have shown on how a person could incur a blood clot on a major hemisphere of the brain right after an arduous sneeze.

We can’t stress on how its important for a person to make it a habit on not blowing their nose too hard. Obviously, you can’t take any chances on this one.

So be careful on blowing your nose!

(sources: dailymail)


1 Response for “Death by sneezing: How can it trigger a fatal blow?”

  1. This is a surprising news! I also thought of being constipated as having to do with heart attacks if you have an unhealthy heart because the force triggered would be enough to kill you especially if you have veins that are constricted by cholesterols.

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