ARIZONA AT 100

Man died after coughing up a fish bone

2012-01-16T00:00:00Z Man died after coughing up a fish boneArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Jan. 3, 1912

DOUGLAS - Living for several years with a fishbone stuck crosswise in his throat, and dying shortly after it had been extracted by a severe attack of coughing, the case of Jose Gomez, a Mexican section hand, aged 25 years, is a strange one, indeed. The body of the man was brought to Douglas. Coroner Ben Rice viewed the remains after empanelling a coroner's jury which will investigate cause of death.

The Mexican has been employed in the steel camp of the E. P. & S. W. for several months. Recently, he became severely ill and was brought to Douglas for treatment. He recovered apparently and went back to the camp to resume his work. On Christmas evening shortly before time to sit down to the evening meal he was taken with a paroxysm of coughing, which resulted in a long fishbone being expelled from his throat. He claimed to feel much relieved and sitting down to the table ate heartily.

Shortly after the meal had ended he became delirious and steadily grew worse until he died early yesterday morning.

Accompanying the body to this city were Time Keeper Alfred Lietch and several relatives of the dead man. It was from Mr. Lietch that the strange details of this article were obtained. It is his opinion that the fishbone had caused a growth to form in the man's throat which ultimately caused his death, once the bone was expelled.

- Arizona Daily Star

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