Experts examine mummy of 13th-century saint, say she died of a heart defect





For thousands of Catholics, the 13th-century Italian Saint Rose of Viterbo had miraculous powers that allowed her to raise someone from the dead and survive the flames of a burning pyre.

Scientists examining the saint's mummified body now say she had a congenital heart defect that may have ultimately killed her as a teenager.

Ruggero D'Anastasio of the G. d'Annunzio University in Chieti, Italy, and colleagues analyzed pictures and X-rays of the medieval saint's preserved heart, which looks like a petrified lump of rock....

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