15 Dead People Who Came Back To Life (1650-2014)

From people waking up at their own funeral to others trapped in a morgue freezer after getting pronounced dead, 15 cases of clinically dead people somehow rising back from the grave:

1 Val Thomas (2008)

1. Val Thomas

  • A woman from West Virginia who suffered multiple heart attacks and didn’t even register brain waves for over 17 hours
  • She had no heartbeat, no pulse and yet after all the cables had been pulled she miraculously woke up and started talking
  • She was then taken to a special clinic and checked, but she was perfectly fine

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/05/23/woman-wakes-after-heart-stopped-rigor-mortis-set-in/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/womans-waking-after-brain-death-raises-many-questions-about-organ-donation

2 Li Xiufeng (2012)

Woman Climbs Out of Coffin After Being 'Dead' for 6 Days, Liulou Village, Beiliu, Guangxi Province, China - 26 Feb 2012

  • A 95 year old woman found lying dead in her home by a neighbour – they placed her in a coffin with the tradition of waiting days before burial
  • This worked in Li’s favour though, since she climbed out of the coffin not too long after and went about her day cooking dinner as if nothing had happened
  • Unluckily though, they also burned pretty much all her possessions – this, she was not so thrilled about

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109719/Chinese-woman-95-comes-life-climbing-coffin-days-died.html

3 Anne Green (1650)

Woodcut from A Wonder of Wonders (1651) depicting the hanging of Anne Greene.
Woodcut from A Wonder of Wonders (1651) depicting the hanging of Anne Greene.
  • Another story from long ago, 1650, about a woman convicted of murdering her bastard child and hiding the body
  • She was sentenced to death by hanging, and was even held down by a group of people to speed up the choking process, but when they cut her down and prepared to perform an autopsy, she’d somehow managed to survive
  • Her would-be murderers were so impressed that they let her live, and she did so even bearing three more children as years went by

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19190198

4 Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov (2011)

You Only Love Twice

  • A 49 year old woman from Russia who was mistakenly pronounced dead and, while she was at her own funeral surrounded by sobbing relatives, woke up
  • The shock and horror of waking up at her own funeral caused a heart attack, and once she was taken back to hospital she was declared deceased once again
  • Pretty much a bad day all around

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/woman-dies-at-her-own-funeral_n_883907.html

5 MaNdlo (2013)

1. MaNdlo

  • This is the story of a prostitute from Zimbabwe who, while engaging in her select field of trade with a client, she suddenly collapsed on him and died
  • He scarpered out the hotel when the cops arrived, and they sealed her up in a steel coffin, but then the prostitute woke up and shouted, “You want to kill me”
  • A bunch of gawkers were so shocked that they sprinted away as fast as they could run

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/dead-prostitute-comes-back-to-life_n_2965110.html

6 Erica Nigrelli (2013)

1. Erica Nigrelli

  • This is a horrifying story that ends quite happily – Erica was an English teacher from Missouri, pregnant with her child when, one day, she passed out
  • Her husband called 911 and soon she was taken to hospital – but her heart stopped and they had to deliver the baby from her corpse before it too, died
  • After the delivery, her heart began beating again and she was put into a medically-induced coma for five days
  • It turns out all she needed was a pacemaker, so now both her and her daughter are alive to this day

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/health/mom-revived-baby-born/

7 Carlos Camejo (2007)

1. Carlos Camejo

  • A man from Venezuela who woke up during his own autopsy – declared dead in a highway accident in 2007, he was taken away by medical examiners before his wife could even identify the corpse
  • In the midst of his autopsy, when they were cutting into his face, they noted the absurdly high amount of fresh blood falling out, and then Carlos woke up screaming and hollering, with the surgeons falling over themselves to stitch up the wound
  • Carlos later noted “I woke up because the pain was unbearable”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/09/17/us-autopsy-idUSN149975820070917

8 Saudi Woman (2009)

1. saudi

  • O It was 2009 when a Caesarean gone wrong happened to a woman in labour, and she died
  • The husband was given the birth-defected baby and a dead certificate for his late wife, and her body was hauled away to the morgue
  • Two hours later though, she awoke in the freezer and started screaming and banging the door until a worker came to rescue her
  • The husband was forced to return her death certificate since, despite his hope, he couldn’t keep it as a souvenir

9 Luz Milagros Veron (2012)

1. Luz Milagros Veron

  • This baby was born three months premature, and quickly sent off to the morgue
  • Luckily though, her parents insisted they be allowed to see her one last time, and it was inside the coffin sealed for 12 hours they heard a faint cry – it was opened and there was baby Luz cold and weak but very much alive
  • Originally the babies name was to be Lucia, but they changed it because her new name means “Miracle Light”

http://www.latinospost.com/articles/22061/20130624/argentina-miracle-baby-luz-milagros-dies.htm  

10 Walter Williams (2014)

1. walter williams

  • A 78 year old man from Mississippi who was accurately described as dead by one of the nurses who looked after him in 2014
  • A coroner was informed, and he too verified that Walter was dead, but just as he was getting shoved in a body bag, it was noticed that Walter seemed to be kicking his legs, so they listened to his chest and noticed a heart beat
  • It was later theorised that his heart had been later jump-started by a defibrillator embedded in his chest

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/28/us/dead-man-comes-back-life/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/us/mississippi-walter-williams-dead/

11 A Man from Johannesburg (2011)

1. south africa

  • It was July 2011 when an 80 year old man was hauled into a morgue and placed in one of the freezers
  • Not even 24 hours later, the morgue’s owner, Ayanda Maqolo, heard screaming coming from the fridges – he actually thought it was a ghost come to attack him, so he called police to come and handle it for him
  • The frozen man was thawed and sent to a hospital, making a full recovery – well, as recovered as you can be frozen, left for dead and then rescued by armed police officers

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jul/25/south-african-man-wakes-morgue

12 Kelvin Santos

1. Kelvin Santos

  • A two year old child that died of pneumonia – but just before his funeral was about to begin, he sat up in the open coffin and asked “Daddy, can I have some water?”
  • Everyone present started screaming and making a fuss, and both parents thought it was a miracle, but then he laid back down and stopped breathing again
  • The family filed for medical malpractice, but they never could revive poor Kelvin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/brazilian-boy-comes-back-to-life_n_1578283.html

13 Margorie McCall (18th century)

1. Marjorjie McCall

  • An old Irish story that changes details with each retelling, but believed to have been based on 18th century fact
  • It goes that a rich woman called Marjorie died from a fever, and her husband tried to take off her golden wedding ring but her finger was too swollen
  • She was hastily buried in the nearby cemetery, but some grave robbers came to unbury her and take off the ring, which they planned to cut off with her finger
  • Mid-cut, she awoke and screamed, still alive, scaring off the robbers – she then ran back to her husband all creepy, covered in dirt and blood, scaring him so much that he dropped dead on the spot – and he was then buried in her shallow grave

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/armagh/mccall_grave.shtml

14 Lyudmila Steblitskaya (2012)

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  • This woman has died several times, and on no less than 2 occasions she was moments from getting cut open for the autopsy before she sprung back to life
  • And one time she even spent 3 days lying in a freezing cold morgue before doctors realised she was still alive
  • In fact she was so cold that her skin had begun to peel off, and her family had organised an expensive funeral which went to waste
  • She’s had a history of heart problems and only 2 years ago she ended up dead again, only to be revived hours later

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254595/Grandmother-dead-spending-days-morgue.html

http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/dead-russian-grandmother-comes-back-to-life-for-second-time/1052437/

15 Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi

  • A 28-year-old waiter from Egypt who suffered a heart attack while working, and promptly declared dead
  • As his death certificate was being written, the doctor noticed his body was still warm and, after checking his vital signs, realised he’d been clinging to life
  • He was then revived and his mother, who was in early mourning, fainted upon hearing he was still alive
  • The funeral was quickly turned into a celebration at the miraculous resurrection

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143513/Hamdi-Hafez-al-Nubi-Dead-waiter-28-wakes-FUNERAL.html

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