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The Face of Death: Oscar the Cat Predicts the End.

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The Grim Reaper looks nothing like what we we’re lead to believe.

The Grim Reaper looks like this.


The face of death?

Media reports:

A 2-year-old cat called Oscar has become a medical celebrity after being identifed as a furry harbinger of death.
The cat lives in a third-floor dementia unit in a nursing home in Rhode Island,USA and has displayed an uncanny knack for predicting when patients are going to die by curling up next to them in their final hours.

So far, according to an article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, he has presided over the deaths of 25 patients at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre.

“His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, allowing staff members to adquately notify families,” the Journal reported.

From the New England Journal of Medicine.

Oscar arrives at Room 313. The door is open, and he proceeds inside.

Mrs. K. is resting peacefully in her bed, her breathing steady but shallow. She is surrounded by photographs of her grandchildren and one from her wedding day.

Despite these keepsakes, she is alone. Oscar jumps onto her bed and again sniffs the air. He pauses to consider the situation, and then turns around twice before curling up beside Mrs. K.

One hour passes. Oscar waits. A nurse walks into the room to check on her patient. She pauses to note Oscar’s presence. Concerned, she hurriedly leaves the room and returns to her desk. She grabs Mrs. K.’s chart off the medical-records rack and begins to make phone calls.

Within a half hour the family starts to arrive. Chairs are brought into the room, where the relatives begin their vigil

See the full journal article here.

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