Local Pathologist Knows How Hard It Is To Deal With Mass Casualties

The task of identifying hundreds, maybe thousands of recovered bodies in the Gulf Coast region is going to be an enormous undertaking. It will take several teams of medical pathologists to do the grim job. More than a week has passed since Hurricane Katrina killed scores of people who couldn't escape the storm. Makeshift morgues have been set up to process the bodies before returning them back to their families. East Carolina University pathologist M.G.F. Gilliland has experienced this type of mass casualty before, following the 1985 plane crash at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dr. Gilliland helped to identify over 100 bodies. She says her job is to put her personal feelings aside, deal with the task at hand and help identify the bodies so they can be returned to the families.