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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Toetag e1308561305241 Malaysia Man Pronounced Dead: Returns to Life picture

This is the first case of its kind in Malaysia and Mr. Ng Swee Hock, aged 65, remains unconscious and on a ventilator in the critical care unit at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Doctors pronounced him dead shortly after he was admitted to the hospital after performing CPR on him for more than 45 minutes. Some 21/2 hours later, he began breathing on his own in what is known as the rare  “Lazarus Phenomenon.” This unusual occurrence involves a spontaneous return of circulation after attempts at resuscitation fail.

This syndrome has reported only 39 cases in the entire world and its roots are not understood. It is believed that pressure builds in the chest after CPR and the relaxation of that pressure may allow the heart to expand, which in turn triggers the heart’s electrical impulses. However plausible, this remains an unproved theory. High does of adrenaline may also spark the unexpected return to life.

Perhaps Edgar Alan Poe’s vivid and bizarre imagination about premature burial weren’t so far out after all.

‘Dead’ Man Woke Up at his Funeral

An 87-year-old man gave his relatives a shock in Taiwan – when he woke up at his own funeral.

pict354 Dead Man Woke Up at his Funeral pictureThe man’s relatives were in a Buddhist mourning hall, reciting prayers over the dead body, when it gasped and woke up.

The family had been told by the hospital which had been treating the man that the only thing keeping him alive were oxygen hoses, and that he would die quickly if they were removed.

The family opted to take him out of the hospital so that he could die at home.

They removed the oxygen hoses, dressed him in funeral clothes, and placed him in the mourning hall – until he started breathing heavily.

The family sent him back to the hospital. Doctors are reportedly baffled as to his impressive recovery.


Dead Man’s Heart Still Beating at Funeral Home

The grieving relatives of construction worker, Zhang Houming, aged forty-six, got the surprise of their lives when they discovered that the heart of their loved one was still beating when he was sent to the funeral home!

morgue Dead Man’s Heart Still Beating at Funeral Home picture

Sounding like it came straight out of the tortured mind of Edgar Alan Poe and his tales of premature burial and telltale hearts, the medics responsible for this terrible error that occurred at a hospital in Neijiang, Sichuan province have been severely chastised.

Pronounced dead for the first time after his motorcycle smashed into  a bus in a terrible collision when Zhang was returning home from work. His son, Haibo, was with him as they both worked at the same construction site. The son was knocked unconscious as a result of the impact. The ambulance took two hours to arrive on the scene, the driver citing traffic for the crucial delay.

According to a friend named You, who lives nearby and works in the same place, commuting via an electric bike, the trip to the work site, which is located in the heart of the city, usually takes less than an hour.

“I can’t believe an ambulance drives slower than my bike,” he said.

A doctor, after examining Zhang Houming, wrote in her report that the older victim had died.

“He stopped breathing and his heart was not beating”, said the doctor.

The medics put Zhang in a body bag inside an iced coffin, while his son was rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, waiting relatives were informed that Zhang had died and that the body was transported to a funeral home. They rushed there and when one of the man’s brothers was asked to make an identification, he put his ear to his sibling’s chest and to his horror discovered that the heart was still beating!

The family then phoned an emergency hotline and another ambulance soon returned Zhang to the hospital where doctors recorded Zhang’s pulse as 74 beats per minute and his breathing as 18 times per minute. Although they tried valiantly to save him, he really died about an hour later.

Although the hospital admitted to negligence, Luo Renfu, deputy chief of the city’s health bureau defended the doctor.

“The victim may have suffered from shock and his heartbeat may have revived after the minivan transporting him hit a bump,” said Luo.

Well, that bump is going to cost. The family is asking 1.5 million yuan ($220,600) in damages, but the government said it would not pay more than 200,000 yuan.

It’s too bad Edgar Alan Poe isn’t around to hear this story. He would have a field day with pits, pendulums and home sweet revenge!


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