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Boing Boing gets the strangest stories. Coming back from rigor mortis level of death is a pretty happy ending though.

A West Virginia woman is at 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.

“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.

[From Woman Wakes Up After Family Says Goodbye, Tubes Pulled - Health News Story - WEWS Cleveland]

I would LOVE to hear a good in depth medical analysis of this. In a third world country I might write this off as a hoax, but in West Virginia (look at me avoiding a joke) I’m thinking the paperwork and such would be around to back this story up. If so, how do you explain it medically?

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May 31st, 2008 at 6:31 am

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