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Patrick Pullicino, a former doctor, recently led a study to explain the death of Jesus Christ. Pullicino, now a priest, used to work at the East Kent Universities Hospital NHS Trust as a neurology consultant. After he retired, he became a priest.

The priest used the shroud of Turin for his investigationĀ 

Forensic and medical scholars who analysed the shroud of Turin partnered with the rest on the analysis. Many people speculate that this shroud made part of the linen fabric that covered Jesus’ body when he was buried. It has different markings that people believe are imprints of his physical features.

Pullicino believes that the shroud, preserved in the 16th century, is imprinted with the marking of someone buried with a dislocated shoulder. The right arm, four inches lower than the left, gave the impression that the arm was dislocated.

Jesus might have ruptured his subclavian artery

According to the priest, the stretching was due to the arm being stretched out during crucifixion, which also caused the subclavian artery to rupture. The subclavian artery is in the thorax.

The artery supplies blood to the head, arms, neck, and shoulders through its branches. The rupture of this artery is severe as it could cause internal bleeding. It also causes the circulatory system to halt and might lead to death.

Pullicino also believes that the ruptured subclavian artery explains the excessive bleeding that Jesus experienced when the soldiers punctured his side. He says that the artery could produce about 1.7 litres of blood when injured.

During his research, the priest concluded that the stretching of the arm led to the stretching of the artery. As the subclavian artery is a major blood vessel, its damage could lead to death. Pullicino uses this to explain the death of Jesus.

He also adds that the bodyweight transfer could cause more strength to the artery. Pullicino explains that this weight is reversed by exhalation or if weight is transferred to the legs. When this happens, the ruptured subclavian artery could move to the surface of the rib with exhalation, thus causing it to rub against the bones.

Pullicino theorises that the damage to the subclavian artery occurred in the first three hours of Jesus’ crucifixion.