Dead Man, Not Dead: Body In Hospital Morgue Shows 'Signs Of Life', Scares Everyone [REPORT]
A man thought to be dead after he took a tumble off a bridge in Scotland "showed signs of life" at the mortuary where an ambulance deposited his body. BBC reports that the man fell from the Kessock Bridge, a 100-foot-tall cable bridge near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, on Friday, and that responders pronounced him dead at the scene after fishing him from the river.
"Following retrieval, having been in the water for some time, the ambulance crew made every effort to resuscitate the patient," an ambulance spokesman told the Press Association. "However, despite active resuscitation being carried out by the crew with no response, a clinical assessment was undertaken, including ongoing cardiac monitoring, and confirmed that the patient had died."
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However, once the "dead" man was taken to the mortuary at Raigmore hospital in Inverness, staff became spooked after they witnessed what they thought were "signs of life." While performing a routine body check, mortuary staff became suspicious that the dead man may not be as dead as they first thought.
They notified an ambulance crew, who made a second attempt to revive the guy. But, their efforts proved futile, and the man was -- again -- pronounced dead, but not before giving the hospital staff a good scare.
According to a spokesperson for the RNLI, the rescue organization responsible for incidences at sea, the situation is still under investigation.
The man declared dead, twice, in Scotland following his terminal fall from a bridge isn't the first case of a presumably expired body coming back from the grave. iScience Times reported that in May, a 34-year-old man in Zimbabwe woke up in a coffin at his own funeral. Mourners ran for cover when they noticed that Brighton Dama Zanthe, who had apparently died from a serious illness, moved his legs.
Zanthe was taken to a hospital and was released two days later. "Everything is history to me," he told the Zimbabwe Herald. "What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel OK now."
Is it really so rare that someone pronounced dead could pull a Lazarus and come back to life? According to io9, the phenomenon of people seemingly rising from the grave, appropriately dubbed the Lazarus Phenomenon, is more common than you might think.
"There have been at least 23 cases in which a person was in asystole, with no pulse and no electrical activity present in the heart, before their heart started up again," io9 reported. Those who have studied the strange marvel note that only about 45 to 55 percent of people who regain a pulse after losing it for awhile maintain a high level of neurological activity. Also, it's believed that in many back-from-the-dead cases, the movement a person experiences after death can be related to a delayed response to drugs or treatment, or even equipment failure.
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