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Catholic doctor gives medical view of Christ’s Passion, Crucifixion

Jesus likely died from excessive blood loss, a Catholic surgeon said during a talk that examined the 18 hours of Christ’s Passion and Crucifixion from a medical perspective.

“Christ emptied himself,” Dr. Timothy Millea told about 100 people at his home parish of St Paul the Apostle in Davenport, Iowa, on 4th April. “As a surgeon, two words that make our hair stand on end are ‘bleeding out,'” he said. “If you can’t stop it, you can’t keep that patient alive.”

Millea, an orthopaedic surgeon with offices in Iowa and Illinois, is president of a local chapter of the Catholic Medical Association for members in those two states.

He said an adult male has about 1.5 gallons of blood and that the loss of 40 per cent of that blood can lead to hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening condition. Jesus likely surpassed that threshold after repeated beatings through the night, an intense scourging at the hands of Roman soldiers that included wearing a crown of thorns and having nails driven through his upper wrists and feet.

“Some people ask, did Jesus really die of physical factors, or did he – as God – say, ‘Okay, my work is done,'” said Millea. After taking his audience hour-by-hour through Jesus’ physical and emotional suffering from the Agony in the Garden to his death on the cross, Millea countered that “how he lived this long is one of the biggest divine mysteries.”

Picture: Jesus likely died from excessive blood loss, said Dr. Timothy Millea, an orthopaedic surgeon from Bettendorf, Iowa. He is pictured giving a presentation titled ‘The Passion and Crucifixion: A Medical Perspective’ on 4th April 2019, at St Paul the Apostle Church in Davenport, Iowa. (CNS photo/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post).