Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Healthcare and the Legend of Julia Legare

On one tragic day the Legare family’s daughter Julia Legare came down with a case of diphtheria, after a serious battle with this illness Julia fell into a coma. With regards to this illness her family had the family physician come and examine her. It is believed that Julia’s heartbeat and respiratory rate were so low that the family physician failed to detect them, and thus she was declared dead. The family grieved and mourned the loss of her poor daughter and subsequently unsealed the family mausoleum or tomb. The family held a standard funeral for their daughter and had her sealed up in the mausoleum that day. 

The Legare family later had to reopen the mausoleum grieving the death of another family member who died in the civil war. . The family in a time of great grief realized something horrific, the remains of Julia Legare were found at the front of the mausoleum beside the door, she had been buried alive.

Ever since this tragic day the Legare family’s tomb has mysteriously remained open. Locks and chains could not keep the door closed, nor could a solid, hundred pound, marble door. But what might have kept the door closed is a more apt physician, or even a vaccine. In modern times comas’ induced by diphtheria are extraordinarily rare due to the illness being preventable via vaccine, and treatable by medical professionals. Not only this, but it is likely that her illness would not have brought about her tragic burial alive, as modern technology and properly educated physicians would have easily and promptly declared Julia to be in a coma, rather than dead. The practice of medicine has long since been improved, but there are ways it could’ve improved faster, and individuals who prompted such a slow development in medicine, encouraging practices like packing wounds with mud, or the infamous Chinese surgeon who was ousted for stating that wounds should be covered and cleaned in order to heal properly. Early medicinal practices include a variety of procedures and processes that we today know to be all but useless, and some that were even counterproductive. These early medicinal process include tobacco based enemas, cocaine, and even chloroform to treat asthma. 

To conclude, whether the ghost of Julia Legare truly haunts the J.B. Legare mausoleum is unknown, but what is known is that the whole ordeal could have been preventable. What we know now in medicine could have easily brought an end to her suffering in a manner that didn’t involve her death. If medicine was not stunted by a number of factors, including but not limited to: religious movements, incorrect scholars, and a lack of accurate research in the general medicinal field, then Julia Legare might have gotten to live out the remainder of her life in peace.

Works Cited: 

S, Leo. “Buried Alive: The Creepy True Legend of Julia Legare.” RANDOM Times, 28 Sept. 2020,

Hart, Bob. “The Legend of Juila Legare.”, 21 July 2018,

“Diphtheria.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Sept. 2022,

For Further Research:

Beheler, Thomas. “10 Strange Medical Practices from History.” 10 Strange Medical Practices from History  Headlines and Heroes, 27 Apr. 2022,

Bhattacharya, Surajit. “Wound Healing through the Ages.” Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery : Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, May 2012,

“Confirmed Haunted Cemeteries across South Carolina.” South Carolina Haunted Houses,

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