â€œA death investigation is really a life investigation,â€ said Dr. Janis Amatuzio who was the guest this past Sunday night. Known as the â€œcompassionate coroner,â€ she is a forensic pathologist who has specialized in understanding the dead and sensitively dealing with families who have suffered a loss.
As she related a number of her poignant encounters, George said â€œyou know Janis, if I ever do succumb, youâ€™re the kind of coroner who Iâ€™d like to have talk to my family about what happened to me.â€
â€œSo many of my friends say we love you Janis, but we donâ€™t want to see you professionally!â€ she replied with a touch of humor.
In her new book â€œForever Ours,â€ she recounts some unusual cases sheâ€™s come across in her forensic and medical practice. One such incident involved a patient she was treating in the hospital who told her about his out-of-body experience heâ€™d had during a previous medical incident. The man described to her leaving his body out of the top of his head. â€œI remember looking down on my body and for a moment wondering whose body it was,â€ he told her. â€œI could hear the thoughts of everyone in that room,â€ he continued. Extraordinarily, the patient next to him went into cardiac arrest and suddenly left his body through the top of his head too. â€œAnd was he surprised to see me!â€ the patient exclaimed to her.