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An 80 something-year-old grandmother who was initially pronounced dead came back to life after a night in a hospital morgue in Russia.
Zinaida Kononova, was presumed dead by medics, after surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction.
She was taken to the morgue in Gorshechensky central district hospital at 1:10 am on 14 August and her family was making preparations for her burial after they were informed of her death by the hospital.
Seven hours after she has transferred to the morgue at about 8 am the next day a female morgue worker “got the shock of her life” when she found the grandmother sprawled on the floor.
The woman had attempted to escape hence she fell.
An ambulance driver overheard the commotion as he entered the building, and says the “frightened” morgue worker was saying “Grandma, lie down, granny, be quiet.”
The paramedic thought the morgue employee had gone “crazy” and was talking to the dead, but the aged woman held tightly to the worker’s hands pleading for help.
The aged woman was thereafter covered in blankets and rushed to intensive care.
The hospital called her niece Tatiana and a senior doctor told her: “We have an unusual situation. She is alive!”
Medics from regional capital Kursk swung into action to offer Zinaida the needed treatment.
Tatiana was delighted her aunt was alive but asked the doctors: “How could this happen?”
The medics informed her niece that Zinaida had been registered as clinically dead for 15 minutes — and was “literally pulled back from the other world”.
Her niece Tatiana recounts:”She initially did not recognize me or recall that she had a surgery,” “But she talked about her old knee problem.” Later she came to her senses.
Acting hospital head Alexander Vlasov said: “For 30 minutes the patient underwent resuscitation measures” but didn’t respond.
The octogenarian was transferred to Kursk for further treatment.
Roman Kondratenko, the chief doctor of Gorshechensky central district hospital, has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident.
A doctor and anesthetist later confessed to the family that they had sent Zinaida to the morgue one hour and 20 minutes after she died, instead of two hours as rules dictate.
Relatives of the aged woman have threatened to sue the hospital, reports say.