Polish woman dies aged 91, wakes back up in morgue

An elderly Polish woman woke up in a morgue after being pronounced dead on the same day. Picture: Wikipedia/CC
An elderly Polish woman woke up in a morgue after being pronounced dead on the same day. Picture: Wikipedia/CC
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A POLISH doctor said she has been in “deep shock” since learning that a 91-year-old woman she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue.

The doctor said that she was sure the patient was dead after finding “no basic life functions” during a house call on November 6.

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Prosecutors are investigating whether the patient’s life and health were endangered by the inaccurate death diagnosis.

Identified by the media as Janina Kolkiewicz, the elderly woman was examined in the eastern town of Ostrow Lubelski after relatives noticed she was not breathing. Some two hours after she was pronounced dead the woman was taken to the morgue. Shortly before midnight, an undertaker who brought in another body noticed that Kolkiewicz was moving inside a bag she had been placed in. Once it was opened, she complained of being cold and asked for hot tea, the media said. She was then taken home.

“If I had had doubts, I would have called the ambulance, done an electrocardiogram, but I was sure that the patient is dead,” the doctor said.

An official said Ms Kolkiewicz is now in good health.

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