St. Luke's Hospital explores history of locally owned mummies - KCTV5

St. Luke's Hospital explores history of locally owned mummies

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The mummies were donated to the city in the 1930s with few details about who they were, only that they were from South America. (KCTV5) The mummies were donated to the city in the 1930s with few details about who they were, only that they were from South America. (KCTV5)
Both mummies were conserved in a woven basket. (KCTV5) Both mummies were conserved in a woven basket. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Saint Luke's Hospital had a couple of patients a little older than doctors are used to seeing on Wednesday.

The patients, a pair of locally owned mummies, on display at Union Station, were admitted to the hospital for a CT scan.

Denise Morrison, the curator of the Kansas City Museum, oversaw the handling of both locally owned mummies, which were donated to the city in the 1930s with few details about who they were, only that they were from South America.

After being stored away for nearly 60 years, the mummies were brought back by popular demand as part of the “Mummies Of The World” exhibit at Union Station.

“They were taken off display in 1943 and there were so many complaints they put them right back on, so obviously, they were well loved,” Morrison said.

On Wednesday, Dr. Randall Thompson, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, took a closer look at their history through the scan.

“This package does contain a complete human being though and it does look like a young adult,” Thompson said. “This is someone who walked the earth 1500 years ago in the highlands of Peru.”

Both mummies were conserved in a woven basket.

Randall says reading the scans is just the first step to what could be an exciting discovery.  

“To me, that’s amazing that we can use this 21st-century instrument and look across the ages and find things about health and disease and who the person was perhaps,” Thompson said.

Want to know the gender of the mummies or some other results of those scans? A big reveal with much more information is planned for the coming weeks.

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