Pronounced dead, 91-year-old Polish woman awakens

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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Published: Fri 14 Nov 2014, 9:32 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:19 AM

A Polish doctor says she has been in “deep shock” since learning that a 91-year-old woman she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue.

The doctor — identified in media as Wieslawa C. — said on TVN24 television Friday that she was sure the patient was dead after finding “no basic life functions” during a house call on Nov. 6.

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. She was pronounced dead and sent to the morgue.

Hours later an undertaker noticed she was moving.

An official says Kolkiewicz is now in good health.


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