Dead Man Walking? It Happens More Often Than You Think

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 By GARY LUDWIG



Dead Man Walking? It Happens
More Often Than You Think
How Can People Be Declared Dead and Then Come Back to Life?

I
    n August of this year, a man who                         home from a conference. Medical person-       this particular case is that the two medical
    allegedly lunged at Baltimore City,                      nel who responded to the scene declared       personnel on the scene were EMTs and dis-
    MD, police officers with a knife was                     him dead and threw a blue tarp over his       regarded the paramedics responding to the
shot and killed. Paramedics responded                        body while police investigated the scene      scene. If the paramedics had arrived, they
to the scene, examined the patient and                       and waited for tow trucks to arrive. The      would have been able to hook the woman
declared him dead. However, he began                         book describes Piper’s ex-                                       up to the monitor/defibril-
moving on the ground some 30 min-
utes after he had been pronounced dead
                                                             periences in heaven and his
                                                             time spent during the nu-
                                                                                               You can stay                   lator to determine whether
                                                                                                                              she had any heart activity.
by paramedics. Those same paramedics                         merous surgeries and recov-                                      But even a medical doctor
were called back to the scene and deter-                     ery, but you cannot discount    out of the news                  thought she was dead for
mined he was still alive.                                    that he was declared dead                                        the half-hour he was there.
     Is it a mistake by the medics? Is it a                  and some 90 minutes later        and out of the                       In North Carolina, a
fluke? Divine intervention? Who knows!                       came back to life.                                               man hit by a car was de-
     As legend has it (and some dispute
this), the phrases “dead ringer,” “saved by
                                                                  I was recently involved
                                                             as an expert witness in a
                                                                                              courtroom by                    clared dead by paramed-
                                                                                                                              ics. Reportedly, a para-
the bell” and “graveyard shift” all came
about during the 1500s in England when
                                                             lawsuit outside Chicago, IL,
                                                             where a horrific car crash
                                                                                             doing everything                 medic checked the man’s
                                                                                                                              vital signs only once be-
space to bury people ran out. The bones                      killed three people after a                                      fore declaring him dead.
of the dead would be dug up and put                          wrong-way driver hit them          correctly.                    A paramedic even saw his
in a “bone house” so that graves could                       head-on in the early-morn-                                       eyes twitch, but chalked
be reused. That’s when it was noticed                        ing hours. One individual who was thought     it up to involuntary muscle movements.
that about one in 25 coffins had scratch                     to be dead was later found to be alive in     The man was placed in a body bag and
marks on the inside or bodies were in                        the backseat of the car by Illinois Depart-   transported to the morgue. Two hours
				
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Description: As legend has it (and some dispute this), the phrases "dead ringer," "saved by the bell" and "graveyard shift" all came about during the 1500s in England when space to bury people ran out. The bones of the dead would be dug up and put in a "bone house" so that graves could be reused. That's when it was noticed that about one in 25 coffins had scratch marks on the inside or bodies were in different positions from when they were buried.
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