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Posted 13 August 2002 - 03:26 PM
A 68-year-old man was mistakenly declared dead last week and refrigerated for five hours at a funeral parlor before a worker noticed he was alive, a Bordeaux hospital said Monday.
The unidentified man, in the final stages of cancer, was declared dead Friday at a nursing home near the southwest city of Bordeaux. A doctor summoned to the home issued a death certificate.
The man then was sent to a funeral parlor in nearby Macau, where he was refrigerated for five hours. An employee at the funeral parlor was preparing the man for burial when he noticed signs of life.
"When I ... opened the cover, I saw that his stomach was moving," Laurent Besson told France-2 television. "I don't deny that I jumped."
The man was transferred to the Bordeaux University Hospital and placed in intensive care, where he died Sunday night, a hospital statement said. It was unclear whether the refrigeration played a role in the man's death.
The head of the hospital's forensics department, Sophie Gromb, said such errors, while rare, are not improbable.
"A person can experience respiratory pauses, and if there's no pulse at the time, the subject could be declared dead," she said. "The law says you can't bury someone within 24 hours of his death, precisely to avoid burying people alive."
The identity of the doctor who signed the initial death certificate was not released.
Police in the Gironde region, where Bordeaux is located, said the man was terminally ill with throat cancer but the cause of his death had not been determined.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, deputy prosecutor Jean-David Cavaille said.
"For now, there is nothing suspicious," he said. "But we'll decide whether there was a medical error or a punishable infraction based on what we find."
Bordeaux prosecutors also were trying to determine what to do about the different death certificates issued for the man.
The Clos Lafitte nursing home had little to say about the incident.
"We not hiding anything," a spokeswoman said. "All the facts connected with this case have been relayed to the police."
:s01*shudder* All I'm gonna say is I hope someone checks that I am dead whenever that happens I still shudder at that scene in 'Scrooged' when Bill Murray wakes up in the coffin in the crematorium. *shudders need coffee and lie down* :s2 :s2
We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.
I have crossed Oceans Of Time ....... Bram Stoker's Dracula
Posted 23 August 2002 - 11:55 PM
:s4 :s5 :s4 Reminds me of " THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW" by Wade Davis. Has anyone here read this ? It is about modern day zombies and the way toxins can influence the body into a coma like trance. There is a section in it I recall about the toxins in puffer fish (Japan). Once the body ingests this toxin it paralyses the muscles and the victim is seemingly dead. There is also an account of a Japanese fisherman who witnessed his own funeral !!!! Freaky Stuff. :s4 :s4
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean......ST Coleridge
I think that's how they got the saying, 'dead ringer' cause they tied a bell and attached a string to the inside of the coffin, so if the person woke up after being buried, they could ring the bell! :o
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has
found no remedy for the worst of them all --- the apathy of human beings." Helen Keller
forget being buried alive.... what about being EMBALMED alive... ouch. how about waking up in the crematorium?
maybe we just need some decent doctors practicing for a change. its pathetic if you declare someone dead and they are still alive.
if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?