While it was once believed that King Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, was murdered, recent DNA testing and CT scans prove other wise.
Since King Tut was discovered in 1922 his life has been quite a mystery. A hole in his skull made many people believe that foul play was involved in his death at the young age of 19. The recent CT scan showed a broken leg and other tests indicated that King Tut was suffering from malaria. With a compromised immune system to begin with, as a result of his incestuous parents, this was a fatal combination. The information gathered from the CT scan concerning the wound in the skull showed that it was more likely caused by embalmers than by someone trying to kill King Tut.
Not only did the DNA tests and CT scans reveal more information about his death, it also gave us more information about his life. Researchers where able to finally formulate an accurate family linage as well and find out that King Tut had club foot and Kohler’s disease. Club foot is a congenital deformity in which the foot turns inward and downward at birth causing that outer side of the foot to become the area that is walked on. Kohler's disease is a condition, where the navicular bone in the foot undergoes avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis is a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to the bones. Without blood, the bone tissue dies and causes the bone to collapse. Both of these ailments are very painful and make it extremely difficult to walk. This new discovery helps us understand why he had over 130 different walking sticks in his tomb!
It’s always amazing to hear how great rulers in history suffered from ailments just like you and me but they didn’t let that affect the influence they had on the world!