Meet the most kissed girl in the world
The most kissed girl in the world…was pulled from river over a century ago.
The mystery woman who is now used as the basis for CPR dolls was found in the Seine in Paris in the late 1800s, and it was long believed she had killed herself, as her body showed no sign of violence.
It’s a face familiar to first-aiders around the world… but few will know this CPR dummy is modelled on that of a beautiful woman pulled dead from a river over a century ago.
The kiss of life was not yet known so nothing could be done for her, but her haunting features help teach the technique that has saved millions of others.
The mystery woman was found in the Seine in Paris in the late 1800s, and it was long believed she had killed herself, as her body showed no sign of violence.
But over the years stories have emerged of her being murdered, or eloping to the French capital from Liverpool with a wealthy suitor.
In a report in 2013, Chief Brigadier Pascal Jacquin of the Paris river police said: “It’s surprising to see such a peaceful face.
Chief Brigadier Pascal Jacquin remarked at how peaceful she looked. “Everyone we find in the water, the drowned and suicides, they never look so peaceful.
“They’re swollen, they don’t look nice.”
But the tragedy would likely have faded into history were it not for her beauty.
The pathologist who performed her postmortem was so captivated by her peaceful features, with their hint of a smile, that he had a plaster death mask made of her face.
At the time it was usual to put bodies on show and circulate death masks, and hundreds of copies were made and sold throughout Paris, ending up in homes across Europe.
Model makers Lorenzi still produce them today.
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