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?
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