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January 21, 2010

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'Corpse' won't lie still

THE resurrection of a woman shocked her family while she bounced up and knocked in the coffin 16 hours after everyone thought she was dead.

Medical test found the woman in central China's Hubei Province as healthy as before the life-and-death U-turn, China Radio International reported yesterday.

The woman surnamed Hou, in her 60s, collapsed on January 14, days after being dismissed from the hospital where she underwent four days' treatment for a minor disease.

Hou's family got desperate after emergency treatment failed and her body went cold and rigid. Everybody thought her dead. Her family put her in burial clothes, placed her in a coffin and started to prepare for her funeral.

Yet before the heart-wringing tones of Hou's funeral was about to play, a knock from inside the coffin scared everyone out of the room.

Hou's daughter and son opened the coffin and found their mother's hands raised and eyes staring. Hou answered when her son and daughter dared to call her.

Hou's "death" was only a symptom of her disease. This kind of patient could have weak, unnoticeable heartbeat and breath, said Lan Yamin, a doctor in a local hospital.

Lan warned that only a doctor should determine whether a patient is dead or not. He said Hou could have been buried alive if she had "risen to life" several hours later.


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