Waverly Hills Sanatorium most notable places
Surgery Room of Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Surgery Room of Waverly Hills Sanatorium is
located on the fourth floor of the main building. It was
state of the art, a medical wonder of its time. Doctors that worked here tried
everything they could to save people who contracted the disease.
Some of the operations were quiet horrific and barbaric by our
modern standards. Ribs were removed (thoracoplasty), then lungs
were removed, small balloons were inserted inside the chest or
thoracic cavity. It was believed that losing part part of the
lung tissue was worth the risk if the rest of the lung could be
cured. Subsequent increase in volume of the balloon
was supposed to "force out" the disease. It was performed as a
last resort to save the patient who was mortally ill. Only about
5% of all people would survive this painful and gory procedure.
Body Chute or Death Tunnel of Waverly Hills as it is occasionally
called is a long tunnel that is 500 feet (150 meters) long. It
was originally designed for workers that could easily access the
top of the hill. It also had rail tracks and a cable system
along its length that helped hospital staff to raise coal, food, medications and other
things that the hospital needed. Over time however high
mortality rate forced the administration of the Waverly Hills
Sanatorium to use
the tunnel for lowering bodies down the slope of the hill. It
was believed that keeping the dead out of sight of the living
would beneficially improve the esteem of those who were sick.
Motorized cable system that you can see on the left side of the
left picture is largely rotted away, but many it is not
abandoned completely. It is considered to be one of the most
haunted places in the compound. Don't get too jumpy though.
Light might play tricks on you. Air ducts that are installed
ever hundred feet lets some light and air inside the tunnel so
some of the sightings of ghosts were actually an optic illusion.
It was claimed by some local residents that Body
Chute was large enough to fit all the patients and staff within
its concrete walls. It was also durable enough to withstand
aerial bombardment of all types of planes that was used during
both World Wars. However these claims seems a bit of
exaggeration since the location of the hospital as well as its
purpose made it a pointless target.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Death rate claims
Occasionally some people claim that the number of the patients
who died in Waverly Hills Sanatorium
reached 60,000 people. However it is not quiet true. This is the
number that died in all of state of Kentucky in the same time
period. Waverly Hills
Hospital have records that indicates that approximately 8,212
patients died from tuberculosis on the grounds of the hospital.
Waverly Hills Morgue
Morgue of Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a fairly small room near the entrance to the hospital.
It was here that every victim of the deadly disease came before
being shipped away. It contains a table for dissection with the
groove around it to collect blood and other fluids from autopsy
of the dead. Additionally it has a box that could contain three
bodies at a time. It is obviously could not hold too many dead
so the process was fairly quick.
Many ghost hunters use
morgue body box to communicate with the dead who allegedly
stayed on the grounds of the former hospital. They climb inside
and listen as part of paranormal investigation. Although it is
hard to check credibility of these subjective experiences there
have been many claims about strange noises, cold breezes and
even scratches appear on bodies of those who were brave (or
stupid) enough to undertake these spooky experiences.
Room 502 of Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Room 502 on the fifth and last floor of Waverly Hills Sanatorium is one of
the most famous locations in the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. It is
located in a small central tower of the former hospital that is
also the highest part of the building. The fifth floor contained
two nurses' stations, a linen room, a pantry, room with medicine
cabinets and two medium sized rooms that at some point housed
mentally ill patients to keep them and others safe. Rumours of
mistreatment, sexual and physical abuse appeared when the
medical facility was opened and certainly persisted for decades
of its existence.
According to local
legends supported by documents from the archives head nurse
(aged 29) hanged herself in this room. She discovered
that she was pregnant. The father of the child who was also one
of the doctors in the Waverly Hills Sanatorium refused to care for the child. Some
also claim that she also found out that
she contracted "the white death" or tuberculosis. Since she
didn't want to leave her unborn child be abandoned, she killed
herself. Some believe that she used a sprinkler system pipe, but
it was installed in 1973, long after the tragedy. So there is no
way to tell exactly where she hanged herself.
killed herself by leaping from a tower to
her death in 1932. Although her motifs are unclear, some of her former
co- workers claim that terrible conditions of the Tuberculosis Hospital made her depressed and suicidal.
Others however claimed that she was completely fine before her
death. Instead they blamed another nurse who allegedly pushed
her off the Sanatorium roof. The truth however will never be
decide to take a trip to the Sanatorium you might see some balls
on the floors. These are left for the kids who are believed to
inhabit the abandoned hallways of Waverly Hills. It comes from a
fact that the roof of the
fifth floor also served kids of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium as a playground. Some
say shadowy figures of dead children are still visible at night.