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Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« on: May 24, 2008, 03:43:37 AM »
Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In

Val Thomas’ doctors honestly can’t explain how she is alive today.

Thomas, who lives in West Virginia, is being called a medical miracle after she suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours; reports NewsNet5.com.

Thomas’ heart stopped around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and doctors said she had no pulse. Rigor mortis started to set in, and she was placed on a respiratory machine.

“Her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled,” Thomas’ son, Jim, told NewsNet5.com. “Death had set in.”

Thomas, 59, was rushed to a West Virginia hospital, where she was put on a special machine to induce hypothermia. This would allow her body to cool down for 24 hours before they would warm her up again, doctors explained.

However, Thomas’ heart stopped again after the procedure.

Her family said their goodbyes and Thomas’ tubes were removed, but she remained hooked on a ventilator as the possibility of organ donation was discussed.

However, Thomas woke up 10 minutes later and started talking.

“The nurse said, ‘I’m so sorry, Mrs. Thomas,’ and mom said, ‘That’s OK, honey, that’s OK,’” Jim Thomas said.

Val Thomas was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic so that specialists could check her out, but doctors said they could find nothing wrong with her.

“I know God has something in store for me, another purpose,” Val Thomas said. “I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure he’ll tell me.”
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2008, 04:01:25 AM »
I've seen something similar to this myself with a patient in a Palliative Care ward. The death certificate was signed, and the family who were not present called. 40 minutes later, before the rest of the family even arrived, the patient  suddenly began breathing again, and an hour or so later, regained consciousness.
There was a case in Greece last year where a young man who died in a motor vehicle accident and pronounced DOA actually started breathing again in the mortuary. In another case in Italy, a patient started breathing again after nearly 24 hours in a mortuary freezer!
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 04:03:32 AM »
What? No 'near death' experience from WVa?
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2008, 09:30:42 AM »
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That's it... before I die I'm buying a coffin with an escape hatch.
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2008, 10:12:48 AM »
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That's it... before I die I'm buying a coffin with an escape hatch.

Scary, isn't it?
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2008, 07:09:41 PM »
Maybe we should bring back or adopt a 'wake' again? (Pre-embalming)
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2008, 11:49:37 PM »
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That's it... before I die I'm buying a coffin with an escape hatch.

That is my worst nightmare. Before I became Orthodox I was definitely going to be cremated for that very reason.
BTW I am still not totally convinced that cremation is wrong, we will turn to dust eventually anyway. What is the difference if one's body ends up dust or ash?

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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008, 12:02:50 AM »
That is my worst nightmare. Before I became Orthodox I was definitely going to be cremated for that very reason.
BTW I am still not totally convinced that cremation is wrong, we will turn to dust eventually anyway. What is the difference if one's body ends up dust or ash?

There's a difference between natural decomposition and having your body shoved in an oven and torched, since the former gives the body back to God to be glorified, and the latter devalues the body as an empty shell.

Anyway, you could always ask a family member to stick a dagger in your heart, to be on the safe side.  Just be sure it's someone who's isn't mad at you, so that they stab you after they think you're dead and not before.   ;) ;D
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2008, 12:06:57 AM »
There's a difference between natural decomposition and having your body shoved in an oven and torched, since the former gives the body back to God to be glorified, and the latter devalues the body as an empty shell.

Anyway, you could always ask a family member to stick a dagger in your heart, to be on the safe side.  Just be sure it's someone who's isn't mad at you, so that they stab you after they think you're dead and not before.   ;) ;D
Actually, an acquaintance who is a mortician tried to assure me that once he got done with me there was no way I would ever wake up!

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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2008, 12:45:27 AM »
Well, not to be true gruesome, but...just research some of the embalming techniques used in the US.

If you weren't dead by the time you get to the embalmer, you'll be dead by the time s/he's done with you.
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2008, 02:13:07 PM »
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There was a case in Greece last year where a young man who died in a motor vehicle accident and pronounced DOA actually started breathing again in the mortuary. In another case in Italy, a patient started breathing again after nearly 24 hours in a mortuary freezer!

Can you imagine waking up just as the medical examiner is about to cut you open to figure out how you died? LOL!
I'm visualizing that person who started breathing again while in the freezing bumping around searching for the blanket....maybe the noise tipped them off to his 'Still Kicking" status? ;D
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Re: Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008, 02:16:23 PM »
I'm visualizing that person who started breathing again while in the freezing bumping around searching for the blanket....maybe the noise tipped them off to his 'Still Kicking" status? ;D

Knowing some Italian hospitals...  Probably wasn't all that cold in there.   LoL   :laugh:
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