Danish Teen Carina Melchior Wakes From The Dead; Parents Sue: 5 Back-To-Life Stories

By Melissa Siegel on October 17, 2012 5:39 PM EDT

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A teenager in Denmark avoided an early grave when she awoke from apparent death last year. (Photo: Flickr / BaronBrian)

Parents in Denmark are suing a Danish hospital after doctors began preparing their daughter, Carina Melchior, for organ donation. There was just one problem: Melchior woke up from near-death before the medics could cut her open.

The teenager slipped into a coma after a car accident last October, reports The Daily Mail. Doctors removed her from life support before she opened her eyes and began moving her legs.

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Melchior's parents claim that doctors were desperate for donated organs and thus took her off life support too soon.

"Of course this is a great trauma, both for her and her parents who were convinced that there was nothing else that could be done and agreed to donate her organs," the family's lawyer, Nils Fjeldberg, told a Danish newspaper.
This is not the first example of a person waking up from apparent death. Below are five other similar stories:

1)    In July 2011, a South African man was presumed dead when his family could not wake him up, according to BBC News. He then spent nearly 24 hours in a morgue before waking up. Attendants apparently thought the man was a ghost and ran away before coming back to call an ambulance.

2)    Back in May, an Egyptian waiter apparently suffered a heart attack while working, according to the Associated Press. Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi's body was washed and prepared for burial before a doctor realized the body was still warm. The doctor then helped to revive both al-Nubi and his mother, who fainted when she found out her son was still alive.

3)    Over the summer, a two-year-old in Brazil named Kelvin Santos stopped breathing at a hospital while being treated for pneumonia, according to the Herald Sun in Australia. He was declared dead, and his family began to prepare the young boy's funeral. An hour before it was supposed to take place, Santos sat up in his coffin and asked his father for water. Sadly, the boy then laid back down and never woke up. After his parents determined he was actually dead, Santos was buried later that day.

4)    Finally, last month, Tasleem Rafiq, a mother of four, also suffered an apparent heart attack, according to the Daily Mail. She collapsed at her family home and was taken to the hospital. After medics tried resuscitating her for 45 minutes, a doctor told Rafiq's family that she was dead. The family held out hope and prayed, and late that night, Rafiq's daughter Shabana asked her mother if she had ever done anything to upset her. To the family's amazement, Rafiq responded, "What have you done to upset me?' 

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