Woman wakes up after being dead 17 hours; Rigor Mortis had set in

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http://www.newsnet5.com/health/16363548/detail.html

Woman Wakes Up After Family Says Goodbye, Tubes Pulled
Patient Brought To Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A West Virginia woman was being transferred to the Cleveland Clinic after walking the line between life and death.

Doctors are calling Val Thomas a medical miracle. They said they can't explain how she is alive.

They said Thomas suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours. At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, her heart stopped and she had no pulse. A respiratory machine kept her breathing and rigor mortis had set in, doctors said.

"Her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled. Death had set in," said son Jim Thomas.


They rushed her to a West Virginia hospital. Doctors put Thomas on a special machine which induces hypothermia. The treatment involves lowering the body temperature for up to 24 hours before warming a patient up.

After that procedure, her heart stopped again.

"She had no neurological function," said Dr. Kevin Eggleston.

Her family said goodbye and doctors removed all the tubes.

However, Thomas was kept on a ventilator a little while longer as an organ donor issue was discussed.

Ten minutes later the woman woke up and started talking.


"She (nurse) said, 'I'm so sorry Mrs. Thomas.' And mom said, 'That's OK honey. That's OK," Jim Thomas said.

Val Thomas and her family strongly believe that the Lord granted them their miracle and they want everyone to know.

"I know God has something in store for me, another purpose. I don't know what it is but I'm sure he'll tell me," she said.

She was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for specialist to check her out. Doctors said amazingly she has no blockage and will be fine.
Makes me rethink about being an organ donor if there's a chance.
 

Haly

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JayDubya said:
Soulstone. She was just really careful to make sure she wouldn't aggro anything when she came back.
Waiting for the murloc to leave right?
:lol :lol :lol

Happy for her, and her family.
 
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I read about a similar case, but the guy actually died and was not on any sort of machine any more. He was moved to the hospital "morgue", and a couple of hours later he woke up. Scared the shit out of the morgue attendant.
 
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Ahriman said:
I read about a similar case, but the guy actually died and was not on any sort of machine any more. He was moved to the hospital "morgue", and a couple of hours later he woke up. Scared the shit out of the morgue attendant.
Yeah, the morgue attendant had a heart attack and died. Delicious irony
 
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Stinkles said:
Yeah you're right. Occam's Razor suggests it's more likely that an invisible omnipotent deity saved her so she could perform a special task.
A West Virginia woman

She has to vote against Obama in the presidential election. And then eat a fuckload of hohos and doritos before hiking her rebel flag up over a flea market booth.
 
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Ahriman said:
I read about a similar case, but the guy actually died and was not on any sort of machine any more. He was moved to the hospital "morgue", and a couple of hours later he woke up. Scared the shit out of the morgue attendant.
Reminds me of that part in the Shadowrun SNES game. God I'm a nerd :(
 

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JayDubya said:
Soulstone. She was just really careful to make sure she wouldn't aggro anything when she came back.
Not enough :lol 's in the world.
 
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.....and this is why you don't donate your organs, people. In essence, her life was saved because there was an unforseen issue; the doctors couldn't immediately cut her open to remove her innards......
 
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I bet she'll say that she remembers nothing while she was 'dead'... no heaven or anything, just a black abyss, because that's what's waiting for us, folks.
 

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kbear said:
I bet she'll say that she remembers nothing while she was 'dead'... no heaven or anything, just a black abyss, because that's what's waiting for us, folks.
truth is, no one knows what's waiting for us. that's the thing about death...

could be nothing, could be a land of clouds and a golden gate, could be a fairy floss mountain with unicorns and pink elephants. who knows?

no one.
 
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"I know God has something in store for me, another purpose. I don't know what it is but I'm sure he'll tell me,"
Something tells me what he has in store for her is... the dillusion of grandeur to believe that an almighty power saved her life for some greater purpose. Evangelism. Possible craziness.

Thanking God and being grateful is great an' all, cos ya never know, but I'd be freaking out about how close to being dead and having my organs stripped I was.. thanks to the hospital most likely.
 
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Scrow said:
truth is, no one knows what's waiting for us. that's the thing about death...

could be nothing, could be a land of clouds and a golden gate, could be a fairy floss mountain with unicorns and pink elephants. who knows?

no one.
Just think about where you were just before you were born.
No you won't go in a womb.... even before your dad's balls. Yeah that's it : nothing !
 
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Scrow said:
truth is, no one knows what's waiting for us. that's the thing about death...

could be nothing, could be a land of clouds and a golden gate, could be a fairy floss mountain with unicorns and pink elephants. who knows?

no one.
Exactly, people who try to push their belief of what happens after death (whether that's nothing or afterlife or reincarnation or enlightenment) onto me in a profuse manner annoy me equally.
 
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MassiveAttack said:
This. The number of misdiagnoses conducted in hospitals on a daily basis is staggering.
Not too sure you can call this one a misdiagnoses if she was starting to riggor. I don't know if I believe this story though. Once you die, your body is ruined. Brain cells die, disconnecting your memory pathways. Your blood starts to coagulate, and your body begins to rot. Not to mention they put you in a freezer. You can't come back and make a full recovery from that.

Nothing is impossible, but I'm not going to dive headfirst into this one. Something is up. There's more to this that we aren't hearing.
 
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