Back From The Dead (People)

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I can recommend Sherwin B. Nuland's 'How We Die' for anyone who wants to know, well, why we die. :D

(What kills us, no matter what the named cause of death, is the failure of the oxygen supply to the brain. When the brain dies, we're dead.)

Nuland goes into questions of rescusitation, actual time of death, diagnosis of death and so on, and mentions that the only way to be sure of a person's death is when they start to decompose, which sign would have been evident in earlier times when most deaths occurred at home.

So I'm not surprised when, now and then, someone who appears dead is still alive. Life is more than a chemical process - it is a mystery. 8)

Little Woody's survival is fantastic, a wonderful miracle for his family. I am thrilled for them. :D
 

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Man returns from the dead
By Tom Peterkin Ireland Correspondent
Last Updated: 2:55am BST 27/04/2007

A man, who was pronounced dead in hospital, was later found to be very much alive when mortuary staff came to collect him from what they thought was his deathbed.

His family had been informed that he had died and were grieving before the mistake was noticed.

The unnamed disabled man in his 30s has since been discharged and returned home.

His death was mistakenly certified in Dublin's Mater hospital on Easter Sunday – a date closely associated with miraculous resurrections although in this case the patient did not die in the first place.

Today a spokesman for the Mater, which was established by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy in 1861, confirmed that the incident took place.

While management have set up an inquiry to establish how the error happened.

”This incident has occurred and it is under internal investigation at the moment,” a spokesman said.

It is understood ward staff declared the man dead and contacted morticians so that the body could be collected.

The man's family were contacted around the same time and informed of their supposed loss.

A source close to the hospital told the Irish Times: “This man certainly was pronounced dead and, some time later, I understand he was very much alive.”

Another source said: “Relatives were informed that this man had died, and when a guy from the morgue came up to collect his body, he said he wasn't dead at all.”

He added: “Needless to say, the hospital is very perturbed at what happened.”
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From Breaking News:
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Afri ... 84,00.html

Wife sees 'dead husband' begging
15/01/2008 09:11 - (SA)

Pretoria - A woman from Lindo Park in the east of Pretoria thought she was seeing a ghost when she saw her "dead husband", whom she buried in September last year, begging at a shopping centre in East Lynne on Friday.

Elizabeth Rossouw, 41, said she nearly died of fright.

Her husband, Dawid "Mossie" Rossouw, left home about six years ago. Since then she had seen him only once in a while.

A family friend told her "Mossie is dead" after she had not seen him for quite a while. "I believed it".

Wouldn't believe it

Rossouw and her friend, Neels Bezuidenhout, went to the Pretoria mortuary where they found a badly decomposed body.

"I personally identified the body and was positive that it was my husband. "

"The police took his fingerprints and thus determined it was Mossie."

According to a death certificate he died of double pneumonia on July 13 2007. He was buried in Zandfontein cemetery on September 3.

Rossouw and her son Quinton, 20, were nearly "shocked out of our shoes" when they saw the "deceased" at a shopping centre in East Lynne.

"We were so shocked that we didn't even talk to him. On our way home I asked Quinton to turn back so that we could check whether we had really seen him."

They went home and told Bezuidenhout about the incident.

"He said: 'Bullshit, I personally helped carry his coffin and cover it with earth'."

Had the right ID number

Bezuidenhout said he jumped into his minibus and drove to the shopping centre to investigate. "I asked him who he was and he wrote down Dawid Erasmus 'Mossie' Rossouw. He also wrote down his identity number."

Bezuidenhout and Rossouw blamed the police for not doing their job properly.

They found out on Tuesday they had buried Jacobus Willem Dreyer. "I hope his family read that he had a nice funeral."

Beeld accompanied Rossouw in a search for her husband on Tuesday. He was found in East Lynne. He had cooldrink, a bottle of wine, a blanket, a jacket and a few personal possessions in a plastic bag with him.

Rossouw explained to her husband that she and Bezuidenhout would pick him up on Wednesday morning to have his fingerprints taken at the department of home affairs so that he could be declared alive again.

Police spokesperson captain Prince Mokhabela said the incident would be investigated.
Easy mistake to make if she hadn't seen him for a while (pre-supposed death). Not often you see the word "bullshit" in a news report, is it?
 

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Revived swimmer was dead for an hour
By Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg
Last Updated: 2:06am GMT 18/01/2008

A man has survived after his heart stopped beating for up to an hour when he drowned while swimming in the sea near Cape Town.

John Deeks, 35, who was born in South Africa but has British citizenship, got into difficulties while swimming in unusually heavy seas off Glencairn.

A shark spotter on shore raised the alarm when he saw Mr Deeks's lifeless body floating face down.

Two men, who have not been identified, brought Mr Deeks back to the beach.

He was not breathing and had no heartbeat, but a volunteer doctor with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), South Africa's lifeboat service, began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and advanced life support paramedics took him to hospital.

His heartbeat was only restored almost an hour later, and he spent several days on a ventilator before making an apparently full recovery.

Mr Deeks, an architectural technician, from Colliers Wood, south London, returned to his mother's house in Glencairn, yesterday.

He said that being brought back from the dead "feels great".

"From the point of surviving something like that it's fantastic. They said I was clinically dead. Apparently people in these situations do survive, but you have got about a four per cent chance, so I was very lucky.

"Actually I don't remember anything of the event. Basically I went out for a swim and the sea was very rough and the tide was very high and I got into difficulties. I must have got pulled over by a wave and caught in a current."

He put his survival down to being a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle "and a bit of luck".

Craig Lambinon, a spokesman for the NSRI, said resuscitation efforts began between 20 and 30 minutes after Mr Deeks's heart stopped beating.

Mr Lambinon said that a woman in Alaska was known to have been revived after spending 40 minutes under water, but Mr Deeks's survival was at the extreme end of human possibility.

"It's not unheard of but to recover to that extent that quickly, it's very seldom that that happens.

"There's normally some sort of therapy that's needed, for things like slurred speech, muscular abnormalities, neurological problems, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for months, sometimes for years."

He put Mr Deeks's survival down to a combination of factors. "It's assumed that the cold water plays a part. It would have been relatively cold, 14 or 15 Celsius," he said, adding that the expert care he received the moment he left the water was vital.

"All of those people and all of those systems all worked the way they would in an ideal world. He had luck on his side, that's really what saved his life."

Mr Deeks's girlfriend, Rosie Avalon, 21, from Southend, Essex, has flown to South Africa to be with him.

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Around a decade ago a local street person was killed by a speeding automobile in downtown Cincinnati.

At least that's what I was told by his best friend, plus an elderly woman who had acted as his surrogate mother, plus my own girlfriend, plus almost all the shopkeepers in my neighbor.

More than a year later I took a shortcut through an alley and discovered the "dead man" sitting on a trash can and reading a day-old newspaper.

I blurted out: "I thought you were DEAD!"

He replied, calmly, "That seems to be a widely-held opinion."

No, he wasn't a ghost, because he again became a regular neighborhood fixture.
 

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I've spent ages scanning the papers, and had almost decided this must be a 'No News' day when I came across this:

'Dead parents' show up at press conference about their murders
By RICHARD SHEARS
Last updated at 15:51pm on 10th March 2008

Searching for the bodies of the owners, police dug into the garden and tore up the verandah of a country house.

Then they called a press conference to announce their concerns that Dr Roy Ostell, 63, and his wife Heather, 58, had been murdered.

But just as TV crews were setting up their cameras and reporters were opening their notebooks at the couple's home north of Melbourne, a Volkswagen campervan rumbled up the driveway.

Dr Roy Ostell and wife Heather burst into tears of laughter when they were told police thought they had been murdered

At the wheel was the "dead" doctor and his "murdered" wife.

"What on earth is going on?" asked Mrs Ostell.

"Never mind that," exclaimed her daughter, Angela, who had contacted police to report her fears that something terrible had happened to her parents. "Where have you been?"

On hearing police fears that they had been murdered, the couple - who had merely been away for a short holiday - burst out laughing.

Their daughter had raised the alarm when she called at the home, near the small town of Narre Warren, to find the campervan missing, the front door wide open and no sign of her parents.

"That was my husband's fault, leaving the door open like that," said Mrs Ostell. "He's always doing it. :roll:

"It was very much a spur of the moment thing to go away to the coast last Friday.

"We told our other daughter, Melanie, about our plans but we couldn't contact Angela. It seems that nobody could get in touch with her, so she didn't know we'd taken the unusual step of of taking an instant short holiday."

The couple had arranged for their dog and ponies to be cared for by a neighbour, but Angela had not thought to check with neighbours about her parents' possible whereabouts.

"We're very sorry for all the trouble we've caused," Mrs Ostell told the police and the crowd of journalists who had turned up to hear details of what they expected to be a murder mystery.

The couple now plan to spend a few days filling in the holes in the garden and repairing the verandah. :D

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/a ... ge_id=1811
 

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Man who was declared dead feels 'pretty good'
By Megan Levy and agencies
Last Updated: 1:57am GMT 25/03/2008

A man who was about to have his organs removed after doctors pronounced him brain dead says he now feels "pretty good" just four months later.

Zach Dunlap was injured in a quad biking accident in the United States and was pronounced dead at United Regional Healthcare System in Texas on November 19.

But as Mr Dunlap's family gathered to pay their last respects to the 21-year-old, they were shocked to see him moving his foot and hand. He then reacted when a pocketknife was scraped across the bottom of his foot.

After just 48 days in hospital, he was allowed to return home.

Appearing on NBC's Today show in New York, Mr Dunlap said he had no recollection of the crash.

"I feel pretty good, but it's just hard ... just ain't got the patience (for the long recovery)," he said.

Mr Dunlap said one thing he does remember of his time in hospital was hearing the doctors pronounce him dead.

"I'm glad I couldn't get up and do what I wanted to do," he said.

Mr Dunlap's father, Doug, said he saw the results of the brain scan which showed "there was no activity at all, no blood flow at all."

His mother Pam said it was a miraculous feeling when she discovered her son was still alive.

"We had gone, like I said, from the lowest possible emotion that a parent could feel to the top of the mountains again," she said.

As a reminder of his close call, Mr Dunlap has kept the pocketknife that was scraped across his foot.

"Just makes me thankful, makes me thankful that they didn't give up," he said. "Only the good die young, so I didn't go."

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The mother who came back from the dead - ten minutes after her life support machine was turned OFF
By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 11:11 PM on 25th May 2008

A mother of two has stunned doctors by apparently coming back from the dead.

Velma Thomas's heart stopped beating three times and she was clinically brain dead for 17 hours. Her son had left the hospital to make funeral arrangements, having been told she would not survive.

But ten minutes after her life support system was shut down and doctors were preparing to take her organs for donation, the 59-year-old woke up.

Heart specialist Kevin Eggleston said: 'There are things that as physicians and nurses we can't always explain. I think this is one of those cases.'

He said Mrs Thomas had no pulse, no heartbeat or brain activity after her admission to hospital. She had been found unconscious after suffering a heart attack at her home in West Virginia.

While at the Charleston Area Medical Centre she suffered two further heart attacks and was placed on a life support system.

About 25 family members and friends gathered inside the hospital waiting room. 'We just prayed and prayed and prayed,' said her son Tim, 36. 'And I came to the conclusion she wasn't going to make it.

'I was given confirmation from God to take her off the ventilator and my pastor said the same thing. I felt a sense of peace that I made the right decision. Her skin had already started hardening, her hands and toes were curling up. There was no life there.'

He said after he left the hospital he was called and told she had shown signs of life.

By the time he got to her hospital room, Mrs Thomas was alert and talking. 'She had already asked, "Where's my son?",' he said.

Dr Eggleston added: 'It's a miracle.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1021818/The-mother-came-dead--minutes-life-support-machine-turned-OFF.html
 

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'Dead' man wakes as transplant surgeons prepare to remove his organs
By Henry Samuel in Paris
Last Updated: 9:35PM BST 10/06/2008

A man whose heart had stopped beating woke up just as surgeons were about to remove his organs for donation, it was disclosed yesterday.
Doctors in Paris earlier this year called in transplant surgeons after failing to resuscitate a 45-year old man believed to have suffered a massive heart attack in the French capital.

According to a report by the Paris university hospital's ethics committee - seen by Le Monde newspaper - doctors continued providing a heart massage for an hour and a half while they waited for the surgeons to arrive.

When the surgeons began operating on the man to remove his organs, he began to breathe, his pupils became responsive and he reacted to a pain test.

"After a few weeks chequered with serious complications, the patient is now walking and talking," said the report. It is not known whether the man is aware of how close he was to losing his organs.

The incident highlights the ethical problems doctors face in deciding when a donor is really dead.

Emergency service staff interviewed in the report said they knew of other situations where "a person who everyone was convinced was dead survived after prolonged re-animation moves well beyond usual timeframes or even those considered reasonable."

They pointed out that if they had followed the rules to the letter, such patients "would probably have been considered deceased."

In particular, the case is likely to ignite public debate over so-called controlled non-heart-beating organ donation (NHBOD) – retrieving organs when the heart stops, which has only been legal in France since last year. Before then a patient had to be declared brain dead before transplant could occur. NHBOD is legal in the UK.

"All specialised medical literature on the subjects allows one to conclude that a person who has suffered cardiac arrest and has had proper heart massage for over 30 minutes is, for all purposes, brain dead," said Professor Alain Tenaillon, in charge of organ transplants at France's biomedical agency. "But one must acknowledge that exceptions do exist ... there are no hard and fast rules on best practice," he told Le Monde.

Some 13,000 people are awaiting organ donations in France, a far higher number than in Britain, with 7,700 awaiting organs, despite France's a so-called opt-out system. This means everyone gives their "presumed consent" to having their organs removed after death unless either they have refused permission or if their family objects.

In the UK, people "opt in" to the donation system by carrying a donor card or signing the Organ Donor Register. A Department of Health task force is currently looking into the opt-out system.

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Some 13,000 people are awaiting organ donations in France, a far higher number than in Britain, with 7,700 awaiting organs, despite France's a so-called opt-out system. This means everyone gives their "presumed consent" to having their organs removed after death unless either they have refused permission or if their family objects.
How is the french system more inefficient then?
 

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'Dead' Indian stampede victim wakes up in morgue

Mange Ram, 19, lost consciousness in the stampede triggered by rumours of a landslide that caused panic among thousands of people climbing a steep mountain path, the Times of India reported.

Mr Ram told the newspaper that he awoke in a hospital morgue after Sunday's tragedy at the Naina Devi shrine in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

"When I woke up, I was in the middle of a row of bodies waiting for postmortem," he said.

"My throat was parched and I asked for water. Towering over me the doctors and nursing staff at Anandpur Sahib Civil Hospital looked dazed.

"They must have been surprised to see a dead man come alive like that," he said.

Sat Pal Aggarwal, a doctor on the pilgrimage, said few checks were carried out to see if victims were alive and might have been saved.

"People were dumped quite haphazardly into trucks without following any procedure or checking if they were alive," he told the paper.

Despite the mass deaths, the pilgrimage continued only hours after the corpses had been cleared.

The temple, devoted to the goddess Naina Devi, sits on a hilltop in the Himalayas and devotees must climb a narrow stairway to reach it. It has been the site of previous deadly accidents.

Crowd control is poor in India and stampedes are common. Three years ago, 257 Hindu devotees, mainly women and children, were crushed to death in a stampede at a religious pilgrimage in western India.

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He might not be well recieved when he comes back. I think people who come back from the dead are viewed with a lot of suspicion in India.
 

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thats quiet worrying that no one really bothers to check if your alive beofre sticking you in a morgue read yto be cut open :roll:

it would not take more a minute to check if someone is breathing or has a pulse two really good signs not to be stuck in a morgue and signs you are alive albeit unconcious main part being "alive" :lol:

i know things like these in india are very common because of their religion, but goes to show you cant believe everything you hear!!!

could there not be some knid of safety measures put into place especially an area where alot of small children are?
 

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Sat Pal Aggarwal, a doctor on the pilgrimage, said few checks were carried out to see if victims were alive and might have been saved.

"People were dumped quite haphazardly into trucks without following any procedure or checking if they were alive," he told the paper.
It all looks rather haphazard. :(
 

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This is nothing new. I find myself uncomfortably reminded of the Belgian artist Antoine Wiertz' famous mid-19th Century painting of the "dead" cholera victim waking up in his coffin.
 

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Dead baby 'comes back to life'
An Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors "came back to life" on Monday after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.
By Our Foreign Staff
Last Updated: 10:58PM BST 18 Aug 2008

The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital's morgue refrigerators, before her parents, who had taken her to be buried, began noticing some movement.

"We unwrapped her and felt she was moving. We didn't believe it at first. Then she began holding my mother's hand, and then we saw her open her mouth," said 26-year-old Faiza Magdoub, the baby's mother.

The baby was pronounced dead several hours earlier, after doctors at Western Galilee hospital in northern Israel were forced to abort her mother's pregnancy because of internal bleeding. Mrs Magdoub was in the fifth month of her pregnancy.

"We don't know how to explain this, so when we don't know how to explain things in the medical world we call it a miracle, and this is probably what happened," hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel said.

"We've informed the Health Ministry and I guess they'll appoint a commission of inquiry. The hospital will ask for an external investigation of the case."

The baby has been taken to the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit for further treatment, but doctors were not sure how long she will live.

Hospital director Dr. Massad Barhoum told Israeli media that her chances of survival are "very, very slim" because she was born so early.

Motti Ravid, a professor of internal medicine, told Israel's Channel 10 that the low temperature inside the cooler had slowed down the baby's metabolism and likely helped her survive.

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'Cremated' father turns up on TV

A man has been reunited with his father after spotting him on television - five years after he thought he was cremated.

John Renehan's father John Delaney went missing in 2000 and when a decomposed body matching his description was found in 2003 he was identified by a coroner.

But it has emerged that Mr Delaney, of Oldham, had actually been put in a care home after being found wandering around the town with memory loss.

Police admit "mistakes were made" in the identification process.

When Mr Delaney was found in 2000 in a confused state in Copster Hill Road he was unable to give any clues about his identity.

He was given the name "David Harrison" and placed in the care home where he stayed for eight years.

Traumatic ordeal

His family reported him as missing but appeals failed to uncover information about his whereabouts.

The body of a man, which had similar clothes and historic wounds to Mr Delaney, was found in the grounds of Manchester Royal Infirmary in January 2003.

It was identified as Mr Delaney and a funeral was held.

More than five years after the cremation service, Mr Renehan, from Didsbury, saw a television appeal about finding the family of the man in the care home, who he recognised as his father.

He contacted the authorities and DNA tests confirmed their relationship.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said the identification mix-up was a matter for the coroner, who is no longer in the post.

But a spokesperson said: "Greater Manchester Police accepts that mistakes were made and that Mr Delaney's family has been through a traumatic ordeal."

It said that inquiries in 2003 to establish the unknown man's identity were "not sufficient".

"At that time, only paper records of people reported missing from home existed," the spokesperson added.

"Today, Greater Manchester Police has advanced systems in place to ensure that mistakes of this nature are not made and robust checks are made to establish the identity of people who cannot immediately confirm who they are."

The spokesperson said the officer who dealt with the case in 2000 had since retired from the force.

An investigation is under way to try to establish the identity of the man cremated in 2003.

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Reported killed 1940, obituary printed today: Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wilson
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The oddest moment in the remarkable life of Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wilson came when he discovered that he was officially dead, and thus joined the distinguished band of people prematurely consigned to the hereafter.

Colonel Wilson died last week at the age of 97, but his first “death” took place 68 years earlier, in the desert sands of East Africa.

On August 11, 1940, Colonel Wilson, then a captain commanding the Somaliland Camel Corps machinegun company, was involved in a ferocious firefight with Italian troops near Tug Argan Gap. On the first day he was wounded in the shoulder and eye and his spectacles smashed. Within four days, two of his frontline guns had been destroyed and his Somali sergeant killed, but he manned his machinegun as the enemy closed in.

He was formally listed among the war dead, his family was informed of his passing and he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross “for most conspicuous gallantry”.

Captain Wilson, however, was very much alive, held in an Italian prisoner-of-war camp in Eritrea. Badly wounded and suffering from malaria, he had stumbled from the battlefield into an Italian unit who forgot to inform the Red Cross of his capture.

While a prisoner, he met a newly captured RAF officer who informed him that he had been declared dead and awarded a posthumous VC.

“He flatly refused to believe it,” Hamish Wilson, his son, said yesterday. “He said that his Somali soldiers deserved at least equal credit and he had just done what he was supposed to do.” Captain Wilson’s “death” was announced in The Times in November 1940 - and his obituary appears in the newspaper today.

He is not the first person to receive a double death notice. In July 1900 George Morrison, the Peking correspondent of The Times, read of his own death in his own newspaper after he was believed to have perished during the Boxer Rebellion. His obituary described him as devoted and fearless. A friend remarked: “The only decent thing they can do now is double your salary.” They didn’t. 8)

Mark Twain was twice prematurely reported to be dead. On the first occasion, he remarked: “The report of my death is an exaggeration.” A few years later, The New York Times claimed that he had been lost at sea, prompting Twain to write an article proving that he was still alive.

When Sean Connery was reported by various Japanese and African newspapers to be dead from throat cancer in 1993, he immediately went on the David Letterman chat show to demonstrate his rude good health. When three quarters of Abba were reported dead in a plane crash in 1976, the group appeared on German television - the first of numerous barely credible resurrections for the group.

That remedy was not available to earlier victims of a mistaken obituary, who simply had to put up with their own deaths, sometimes at a cost to their careers. Samuel Taylor Coleridge once came across a man in a hotel reading the poet’s obituary aloud from a newspaper. The man remarked that “it was very extraordinary that Coleridge the poet should have hanged himself just after the success of his play; but he was always a strange, mad fellow”. Coleridge is said to have replied: “Indeed, sir, it is a most extraordinary thing that he should have hanged himself, be the subject of an inquest, and yet that he should at this moment be speaking to you.” :D

The premature death announcement can be a shock, occasionally fatal. Marcus Garvey, the black nationalist leader, suffered a stroke in 1940, and soon after read a most unflattering obituary in the Chicago Defender describing him as having died “broke, alone and unpopular”. He then had another stroke, and died. :(

However, sometimes the shock may be salutary: when the brother of Arthur Nobel died, a French newspaper is said to have run a premature obituary of the Swedish gunpowder magnate, describing him as a “merchant of death”. He subsequently founded the peace prize to ensure that posterity had a better opinion of him than the obituary writer. 8)

Ernest Hemingway, it seems, enjoyed the experience of being thought to be dead, after he was reported killed in an African plane crash in 1954. According to one biographer he would start the morning by happily reading a scrapbook of his own death notices, accompanied by a glass of champagne.

Returning from the dead can have unexpected consequences. St Oran of Iona is said to have risen from his grave after being accidentally buried alive. When he claimed to have seen angels he was denounced as a heretic and reburied, this time permanently. :shock:

The concept of returning from the dead is deeply embedded in our culture, from The Return of Martin Guerre, to Reggie Perrin, to the scene in Twain’s Tom Sawyer when Tom is moved by witnessing his own funeral.

As Colonel Wilson’s story shows, it was easy to disappear in the chaos and fog of war. And it was not so easy to reappear. His survival was not discovered until April 1941, when the Italian PoW camp was captured and he was liberated (midway through the construction of an elaborate escape tunnel).

Even then, some preferred to believe the earlier account of his gallant death. “The idea that he was dead was so firmly embedded that some people later accused him of being an imposter,” Hamish Wilson said. :shock:

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Brazil man appears at own funeral

A 59-year-old Brazilian man has surprised his family by turning up at his own funeral, local media report.

Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, a bricklayer, had identified him as the victim of a car crash in southern Parana state the previous day.

Police told O Globo newspaper that relatives had trouble identifying the corpse because it was badly disfigured.

It emerged that Mr Goncalves had spent the night drinking a rum-like liquor called "pinga" with his friends.

He did not get word of his funeral until it was already happening on Monday morning, his niece Rosa Sampaio said.

She said some family members - including herself and the man's mother - had doubts, but an aunt and four friends had positively identified the body.

"What were we to do? We went ahead with the funeral," she told O Globo.

A police spokesman welcomed the happy ending: "Before long, the walking dead appeared at the funeral. It was a relief," the unnamed officer told the paper.

The body was correctly identified later, he said, and buried in another state.

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Death of flight engineer who 'died' 51 years ago
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Flight engineer Edmund O'Keeffe has passed away in Britain aged 86. The Dubliner always derived great amusement from a mistaken newspaper report of his death in a 1958 plane crash.

ALISON HEALYAN

IRISH flight engineer whose death was prematurely announced 51 years ago has died in Britain, aged 86.



Dubliner Edmund O’Keeffe survived a crash on a test flight of a Bristol Britannia 312 on the morning of Christmas Eve, 1958, but the Evening Press reported that he had died.

Because of the Christmas break, it took his family several days to correct the report and they were inundated with condolences, his sister Maura Greene told The Irish Times : “For nearly a week people thought he was dead.”

His wife, Bernie O’Keeffe, recalled the Evening Press had to be hidden from Mr O’Keeffe’s mother in case it upset her.

The archives show that on Christmas Day, 1958, the front page of The Irish Times carried a brief report about the crash and noted that Mr O’Keeffe was one of the three survivors.

Nine people died in the accident which happened near Christchurch in the south of England.

The Whispering Giant aircraft had left Heathrow shortly after 10am on Christmas Eve to test its airworthiness but crashed in heavy fog.

Mr O’Keeffe spent a year in hospital in England and took great glee in having the newspaper article announcing his death pinned over his bed. His first child was born in April as he recovered in hospital in Bournemouth.

Mrs O’Keeffe said she remembered bringing the baby girl in a taxi from London to visit her father when she was a week old.

The couple had three more children and Mr O’Keeffe went on to have a long and enjoyable flying career. He returned to work with the airline BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) for many years and worked with an airline in Singapore for a year before retiring.

He flew for 31 years and overcame a health scare on his retirement. “We always said he was like Lazarus,” his sister said. “He got 51 more years than some people expected.”

The premature announcement of his death was a great source of fun for the family, his wife said. “About 20 years later, he flew into Dublin and a journalist came up to the cockpit and said to him ‘I was the one who wrote your obituary’. He enjoyed that.”

Ms Greene said their mother had sewed miraculous medals into their clothes and told her son the religious medal had saved his life.

She said her brother had enjoyed celebrating the anniversary of his “death” every year since: “He had his 50th anniversary last year.”

Although the family lived in Berkshire, near London, for most of their lives, Mrs O’Keeffe said they were looking forward to having a big Irish funeral. Arrangements were still being finalised, she said, but it was expected to be held in Dundrum next week.
 

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Pensioner declared dead by a doctor is found to be alive by undertaker as he was about to seal the coffin
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:12 PM on 25th January 2010

A Polish beekeeper pronounced dead after he suffered a suspected heart attack was about to be sealed up in a coffin when a funeral director miraculously discovered a faint pulse.

Jozef Guzy collapsed as he started work among his beloved hives near the southern city of Katowice.

An ambulance was called and an experienced doctor declared that the 76-year-old had died.
Jerzy Wisniewski, a spokesman for the Regional Ambulance Service in Katowice, said: 'The patient was not breathing, there was no heart beat, the body had cooled - all are the characteristics of death.

Three hours later, an undertaker arrived to take Mr Guzy's body away.
Funeral director Dariusz Wys?uchato placed the man's body in a coffin and was about to seal the lid when his wife, Ludmilla, asked him to remove his watch.
As Mr Wys?uchato fiddled with the watch chain he happened to touch Mr Guzy's neck and detected a pulse.
He said: 'I touched around the neck artery and suddenly realised he asn't dead after all. I checked again and shouted, "It's a pulse!"
'I had a friend check and he noticed the man was breathing. God, it was a miracle!"

The ambulance was called again and the same doctor returned. He confirmed the pensioner had 'come back from the dead'.
Mr Guzy was taken to hospital where puzzled doctors failed to find anything wrong with him.
After a few days rest, he was sent home.

Mr Wys?uchato said: 'Thank God I did not close the coffin - if I had done that it would have been a tragedy.
'Something touched me to touch his neck - I'm so pleased he's alive.'
His wife, Ludmila, said: ‘I could not believe it when they said he was dead. The doctor put a white sheet over him and three hours later local undertakers pulled up.’

Mr Guzy added: ‘The undertaker saved my life. The first thing I did when I got out of hospital was take him a pot of honey.’ :)

It comes just weeks after a hospital in southwest China prematurely sent a man injured in a motorbike crash to a mortuary.

Zhang Houming, 46, was found breathing and with a faint heartbeat in his coffin by his family.

He was taken back to hospital, but died an hour later.

His family, from the city of Neijiang in Sichuan province, are now claiming £136,000 in compensation.


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Confusion in China as murder 'victim' reappears after 11 years
Police in central China are re-examining the case of a man convicted of murdering his neighbour 11 years ago after the "victim" suddenly reappeared in good health.
Published: 7:00AM BST 07 May 2010

Zhao Zuohai was convicted and sentenced to death by a court in Henan province on charges of killing his neighbour Zhao Zhenxiang in a 1999 dispute over a woman they both were seeing, the Beijing News said.

His sentence was commuted to life in prison and later reduced to 20 years.

Zhao Zuohai confessed to the killing after a headless body was found in a local well in Zhecheng county, where he lived.

However, his "victim" suddenly returned to the area this week after an 11-year absence, stunning police, the report said.

It said Zhao Zhenxiang apparently fled the county after the 1999 dispute and relocated without telling anyone, leading to his being listed as missing.

Police were now looking into whether the "killer" should be freed - and also trying to ascertain the identity of the headless corpse.

The report said it remained unclear why Zhao Zuohai had pleaded guilty to the murder in the first place but added that there were suspicions police had tortured the confession out of him.

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Mother's cuddle brings baby 'back to life'
An Australian woman has told how she apparently brought her premature baby son back to life with two hours of cuddles after doctors had declared him dead.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 9:45PM BST 26 Aug 2010

Jamie Ogg showed no signs of life when he was delivered along with a twin sister at just 27 weeks gestation and weighing 2lb at a hospital in Sydney.

Doctors said they had lost him and he was given to his mother, Kate, who unwrapped his blankets and placed him on her chest so she and her husband, David, could say their goodbyes.

Following two hours of cuddling and being spoken to by his parents, Jamie began to gasp. Doctors initially claimed it was a "reflex" but the baby began gasping more often and then opened his eyes.

The family have spoken of their experience for the first time since Jamie was born five months ago. They told of the importance of "skin-to-skin" bonding between mother and baby in a technique also known as the "kangaroo touch" in Australia because of the way the animals held their newborns close to the skin in their pouch.

Mrs Ogg said: "I thought, 'Oh my God, what's going on?' A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. I told my mum, who was there, that he was still alive.

"Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.

"He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side."

The survival of Jamie, whose twin was named Emily, has baffled doctors.

Mr Ogg said: "Luckily, I've got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively did what she did.

"If she hadn't have done that, then Jamie probably wouldn't be here."

Mothers are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact with their babies as much as possible in Britain as it helps with feeding, bonding and settling the child. But often this is not possible when babies are born prematurely as they need to be cared for in an incubator.

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Man declared dead 25 years ago discovered working as Las Vegas bookmaker
A man from Chicago who was declared dead 25 years ago, after disappearing amid heavy debts and alleged links to the mob, has been discovered working as a bookmaker in Las Vegas.
By Jon Swaine, New York
12:26AM BST 25 Jul 2011

Arthur Gerald Jones, a father of three, went missing in May 1979 after losing his job as a commodities broker and struggling to pay gambling losses, including $30,000 from a single basketball match.

Mr Jones, then 40, “was not himself” in the weeks before his disappearance, his wife Joanne told local reporters at the time, and was particularly “jittery” after a friend and former colleague was murdered.
The FBI later disclosed they had investigated Mr Jones for possible links to organised crime in Chicago. His wife said she thought he may have carried out errands for local mobsters.

In 1986 he was declared dead, and his wife and children collected about $47,000 in benefits. It is claimed that they never heard from him again.

But Mr Jones, 72, was found last week in a Nevada bookmakers, where he is said to have worked for a decade. He was arrested and has been charged with crimes including fraud, burglary and indentity theft.

His current girlfriend, Patricia Baal, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “We’ve been together 22 years, and he’s been very loving and respectful to me and my family. And I love him. And everything’s fine.”

State prosecutors said in an affidavit that Mr Jones had admitted that he “left in 1979 without telling anyone and has to date made no contact with anyone from his past”.
He allegedly told investigators he bought a fake identity for $800 under the name Joseph Richard Sandelli. He moved to Florida, where he was arrested three times under the name “Richard Lage”.

He is then said to have moved to California, being arrested several more times, before settling in Las Vegas in 1988. He was arrested once again in 1992 under the name of Sandelli, the affidavit states.

Mr Jones was discovered after a complaint about his potentially fraudulent use of a Social Security number was investigated by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

His lawyer, Stephen Stein, has said he has been released on $20,000 bail. He is due to appear in court on August 23. Mr Jones’s wife Joanne Esplin, who has since remarried, could not be reached for comment

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South Africa: 'Dead man' wakes up inside morgue

A 50-year-old South African man woke up inside a mortuary over the weekend and screamed to be let out - scaring away attendants who thought he was a ghost. :shock:

His family presumed he was dead when they could not wake him on Saturday night and contacted a private morgue in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.
He spent almost 24 hours inside the morgue, the region's health department spokesman told the Sapa news agency.
The two attendants later returned and called for an ambulance.

The man - whose identity has been withheld - was treated in hospital for dehydration.

"Doctors put him under observation and concluded he was stable," Eastern Cape health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.
"He did not need further treatment."

Mr Kupelo said the man woke up at 1700 local time (1500 GMT) on Sunday, demanding to be let out of the chilly morgue in Libode village, frightening the attendants on duty.
"At first the men ran for their lives," said Mr Kupelo.

Officials have urged the public to contact doctors or the emergency services so they can they can pronounce someone dead before calling an undertaker.
"You begin to ask yourself how many other people have died like that in a morgue," said Mr Kupelo.
"We need to [get] the message across to all South Africans that it is very wrong for them to conclude on their own that a person has died," he said.

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Harry Potter actress, 13, comes back from the dead after last rites priest puts holy water on her head
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:07 PM on 9th August 2011

A teenage girl who doctors believed was going to die has been hailed a real-life miracle - after she came back to life when a priest put holy water on her head.

Child actor Lucy Hussey-Bergonzi, 13, collapsed from a brain haemorrhage just days after filming a walk-on part in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.
Lucy, of Hackney, East London, was rushed to hospital and had been kept alive by life support machines for five days when her parents were told she wouldn't make it.

Her collapse was triggered by a rare condition Lucy had carried since birth called Arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a cluster of abnormal blood vessels that remain undetected until they burst.
Lucy was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital on February 15, 2009, where she got through two operations while she was in a coma

At her bedside Lucy's mother Denise, 41, was told by doctors it was time to say goodbye to her daughter.
As the family gathered to say prayers for Catholic Lucy, the priest prepared the holy water ready to douse Lucy's lifeless forehead.
As the water splashed on Lucy's skin the stunned family saw her arm shoot up in air.

Within 24 hours of her baptism Lucy was off the machines and showing signs of recovery as baffled doctors looked on struggling for an explanation.
Mrs Hussey-Bergonzi said: ‘Nothing could have prepared me for the day she was taken into hospital.
‘We were so scared I just wanted to pick her up and run away with her, I really thought I was having a nightmare and any minute I was going to wake up and Lucy would be fine.
‘When we got to the hospital a nurse came over and told me I had to leave her room.
‘When I said 'I'm not leaving' they told me that Lucy was in a coma and they were putting her on a life support machine.
‘I had no idea it was that serious. My world just came crashing down around me.’

Lucy had to have emergency surgery on her brain the day she was taken into Great Ormond Street hospital, two days later she had another operation.
‘It was the day after her second operation when I turned to my husband Robert and said 'we have to get her baptised' said Denise.
‘At that point I really thought she was going to die and I wanted to give her the best chance in the next life.
‘We had no idea what we were doing but the hospital were brilliant and organised the whole thing for us in two days.

‘So five days after Lucy was first taken into hospital we were by her bedside saying prayers watching her about to be baptised.
‘Then the moment the priest put holy water on Lucy's head, her arm suddenly moved up. At first I thought she might be having a fit but within 24 hours she was taken off all the life support machines and tubes.
‘It could be she was recovering anyway, but the way it happened, even the nurses said it was a miracle.

‘When I asked the doctors why she had come back to us they said they can't explain how it happened and to this day they don't know how or why she recovered.’

Despite her incredible come back from death's door, a determined Lucy still had to learn how to talk, walk and even eat and drink again.
For nearly four months she battled her way back to health, having been moved to the children's unit at the Royal London Hospital.

Today, aged 16, Lucy is slowly rebuilding her life despite suffering with severe headaches and numbness down her right hand side.
She said: ‘I do have headaches and there are side-effects to my medication which have made me lose a lot of weight but other than that I feel fine.

‘Learning to walk and talk again must have been difficult but I don't remember much of it. I just remember my friends and family being really supportive and kind.
‘There was one day when I was asked what I wanted for lunch and I couldn't say that I wanted a Subway so I had to make a train with my hand and say 'choo choo', it was quite fun making my family guess what I meant! 8)

‘I don't know what to make of the way I came out of the coma. I'd never heard of anything like this before.
‘The doctors were saying it was a miracle, people who have brain haemorrhages usually don't survive them.
‘I think it was a miracle, I can't think of any other explanation.'

Lucy’s mother said she was thankful for the support given by the surgeons and Lucy's teachers at Bishop Challenor Secondary, in Shadwell, London.
She said: ‘Lucy has never said to me, 'why me?' she just gets on with her life, and we have never said why us or anything like that, we are just happy she is alive.’

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Chinese woman, 95, comes back to life by climbing out her coffin six days after she 'died'
By Chris Parsons
Last updated at 7:36 PM on 3rd March 2012

A 95-year-old Chinese woman thought to have passed away stunned her neighbours - after waking up six days after she had been placed in a coffin.
Li Xiufeng was found motionless and not breathing in bed by a neighbour two weeks after tripping and suffering a head injury at her home in Beiliu, Guangxi Province.

When the neighbour who found her could not wake the pensioner up, they feared the worst and thought the elderly woman had passed away.
She was placed in a coffin which was kept in her house unsealed under Chinese tradition for friends and relatives to pay respects.
But the day before the funeral, neighbours found an empty coffin, and later discovered the 95-year-old, who had since woken up, in her kitchen cooking.

Neighbour Chen Qingwang, 60, who originally found Mrs Xiufeng, said: 'She didn't get up, so I came up to wake her up.
'No matter how hard I pushed her and called her name, she had no reactions.
'I felt something was wrong, so I tried her breath, and she has gone, but her body is still not cold.'

As Mrs Xiufeng lived alone, Mr Qingwang and his son made preparations for her funeral, and the 'dead' woman was left in her coffin two days after she was discovered.
The day before she was due to be permanently laid to rest, however, Mr Qingwang arrived at his neighbour's property and found her 'corpse' had disappeared.
Mr Qingwang added: 'We were so terrified, and immediately asked the neighbours to come for help.'

Neighbours searched her property before finding the pensioner in her kitchen cooking.
She reportedly told villagers: 'I slept for a long time. After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat.
'I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out.'

Medics said Mrs Xiufeng had suffered an 'artificial death', when a person has no breath, but their body remains warm.
A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying: 'Thanks to the local tradition of parking the coffin in the house for several days, she could be saved.
Despite cheating death, however, the same Chinese tradition left Mrs Xiufeng without any possessions, according to ritual, after a person dies, all their belongings must be burnt. :shock:

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Can you be 'dead' for 78 minutes?
By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent, BBC News

The more details that emerge about Fabrice Muamba, the more amazing his story becomes.
The latest has seen the Bolton footballer labelled the "miracle man".

The 23-year-old collapsed on the pitch during the FA Cup tie against Tottenham at 18:13 GMT on Saturday, but it was not until 19:31 that his heart started working again.
He was - according to Bolton's club doctor - "in effect dead" during that 78 minutes.
But how is this possible?

The full details of what happened to him have yet to emerge.
But the most likely explanation - and one suggested by those involved in his care - is that while his heart stopped working, it retained some form of life.

The cardiac arrest he suffered meant his heart was not contracting and therefore pumping blood around his body.
However, even when this happens, some electrical activity can still be taking place within the heart.
If this was the case, one of several things could have been happening.
The heart could have developed a severely abnormal rhythm, known as either ventricular fibrillation - where it shakes like a jelly - or ventricular tachycardia - where it is out of control.

The third explanation is that it has developed pulse-less electrical activity whereby there is an organised rhythm but no heart contractions.
In some cases, the state of the activity can interchange between the three.
The important thing in such cases is to start CPR quickly.
This artificially pumps the blood round the body, buying medics time to work out how to get the heart working properly.
Every minute delay in starting CPR reduces the chances of survival by 10%.

In this respect, the 23-year-old was lucky.
Pitch-side at White Hart Lane were a team of fully-trained and equipped medics.
What is more, a cardiologist was in the crowd and was soon by Muamba's side lending help.
It meant he received almost immediate attention.

But CPR alone is not enough. That only gives someone suffering a cardiac arrest a 5% chance of survival.
While he lay stricken on the pitch, the footballer was given oxygen and three shocks using a defibrillator.
The aim of that is to try to get the heart working again.
He was soon transferred to a waiting ambulance and rushed off to hospital.
In total he received another 12 shocks before his heart started working properly.

But was he really dead?
Clearly not in the technical sense - although his life was obviously in the balance.

Some people flatline following a cardiac arrest, which means they do not have any activity in the heart.
These cases are very hard to resuscitate people from.

But, instead, with some signs of a rhythm medics kept persisting.
In fact, experts say that even doing this for as long as they did for Muamba is not that unusual.
Cathy Ross, of the British Heart Foundation, explains: "Performing CPR early buys the time necessary. Seventy-eight minutes is a long time, but it's not unheard of."

If you want to find out how you could help someone who has a cardiac arrest, the British Heart Foundation runs a training course called Heart Start.

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A chilling story, in more ways than one...

Mother finds 'stillborn' baby alive in hospital morgue in Argentina
A mother who gave birth to a stillborn baby found her alive in the hospital morgue half a day later, it has been revealed.
By Jonathan Gilbert in Buenos Aires
3:22PM BST 11 Apr 2012

Analía Bouter, from Argentina, insisted on seeing the body of her daughter, born three months prematurely, and was taken to the morgue by staff at the Perrando Hospital in the north of the country.
But only 12 hours after her baby was pronounced dead by doctors last Tuesday morning, Mrs Bouter found her breathing in one of the morgue's drawers.

"I went with Fabián, my husband, at around 9pm to see her body," Mrs Bouter told local press.
"We opened the drawer and I touched her hand. I felt her look at me and when I saw her alive I fell to my knees. Then suddenly she let out a cry. She was freezing in there."

Mr Bouter, who had already taken steps to obtain a death certificate, had asked to see his daughter before she was taken to the morgue, but doctors told him the drawer had already been shut and that he would have to wait.
He said: "I folded back the blanket and we saw her hands moving. I couldn't believe it. I was speechless."

The nurse in charge at the morgue then lifted up the newborn before Mrs Bouter's brother took her running to the doctors.
The young couple have named their daughter, who is healthy in hospital, Luz Milagro, which translates as Light Miracle.
"Luz is a miracle," Mrs Bouter said. "If we had left it to go and see her another day, she may not have held on."

Doctors say Luz was born without vital signs. Rafael Sabatinelli, secretary of health of the Chaco province where the Bouters live, called the events a "disgrace" and has opened an investigation for the duration of which specialists and nurses involved in the birth will be suspended.
José Luis Meiriño, director of the hospital, said: "We work under strict protocols, but there's no explanation for this."

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