77. A Successful Operation

The mummy of an Egyptian woman who died in 800 B.C. has just had an operation. The mummy is that of Shepenmut who was once a singer in the Temple of Thebes. As there strange marks on the X-ray plates taken of the mummy, doctors have been trying to find out whether the woman died of a rare disease. The only way to do this was to operate. The operation, which lasted for over four hours, proved to be very difficult because of the hard resin which covered the skin. The doctors removed a section of the mummy and sent it to a laboratory. They also found something which the X-rat plates did not show : a small wax figure of the god Duamutef. This god which has the head of a cow was normally placed inside a mummy. The doctors have not yet decided how the women died. They feared that the mummy would fall to pieces when they cut it open, but fortunately this has not happened. The mummy successfully survived the operation.
Sebuah Operasi Sukses. Mumi seorang wanita Mesir yang meninggal di 800 SM baru saja menjalani operasi. mumi adalah bahwa dari Shepenmut yang pernah menjadi penyanyi di Kuil Thebes. Karena ada tanda aneh di piring X-ray diambil dari mumi, dokter telah mencoba untuk mencari tahu apakah wanita itu meninggal karena penyakit langka. Satu-satunya cara untuk melakukan ini adalah untuk beroperasi. Operasi yang berlangsung selama lebih dari empat jam, terbukti sangat sulit karena resin keras yang menutupi kulit. Para dokter dihapus bagian dari mumi dan mengirimkannya ke laboratorium. Mereka juga menemukan sesuatu yang piring X-tikus tidak menunjukkan: patung lilin kecil dewa Duamutef. Dewa ini yang memiliki kepala sapi itu biasanya ditempatkan di dalam mumi. Para dokter belum memutuskan bagaimana perempuan meninggal. Mereka takut bahwa mumi akan jatuh berkeping-keping ketika mereka memotong terbuka, tapi untungnya hal ini tidak terjadi. mumi berhasil selamat dari operasi.
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