How Did George Washington Ever Survive?


Photo found at Washington Post


George Washington lived to be 67 years old.  In those 67 years, our first President had smallpox, bouts of malaria, multiple infections and abscesses, tuberculosis, dysentery and multiple common illnesses such as colds, the flu, etc.

But wait, there’s more!  By George Washington’s own account he survived “four Bullets through my Coat and two Horses shot under me”.

So what could possibly have killed the President?  Doctors think Washington had acute epiglottitis, a life-threatening condition, caused by injury or infection, that causes the epiglottis to swell, blocking the airways to the lungs.  Read the entire article here!


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