Live Woman Accidentally Sent to the Morgue

morgueSo, I have this nightmare -- an actual nightmare that occurs once or twice a year while I'm sleeping -- that I've been buried alive. Nothing -- nothing -- is more scary or more debilitating than those four or five imaginary minutes I spend futilely screaming for somebody to come get me. (I'm sure if I saw a therapist, he or she would tell me something about feeling stifled in life, etc.)

So, you can imagine the visceral reaction I had today when I read that this just happened to someone. Rosa Celestrino de Assis of Brazil was declared dead by her doctor and sent to the morgue, where she spent hours tied up in a plastic body bag before anybody realized she was alive


Rosangela Celestrino, Rosa's daughter, asked if she could give her mother one last hug, and when she did, she felt her mother's breath against her. She told a Brazilian newspaper, "I went to give my mom one last hug, and I could feel that she was breathing. I screamed out -- my mom is alive! And they all looked at me like I was crazy." She continued, "Not only did I have to go collect my mom from a cold storage drawer at the morgue, but when I got there, I found her still breathing!"

Rosa had two strokes and had been on assisted breathing for a little while. At 7:30 p.m. local time Friday, a nurse called the attending doctor because she was not showing any vital signs. The doctor confirmed her death and sent her off to the morgue.

Hospital director Manoel Moreira Filho said the mistake was identified at about 10:00 p.m., and the patient was immediately intubated and put back on life support.

Ummmm ... yeah ... so, this is just about the most terrifying thing I've ever heard (see above). Both the being sent to a morgue alive part, and the finding your mother alive in a morgue part.

I'm not in the medical field, so I'm not going to attempt some bogus analysis on the measures the doctor, his nurses, and the people at the morgue for chrissake should have taken to, you know, ensure that Rosa was dead. But I am in the blogging field, so I'm going to say that this monumentally f***ed up.

How terrifying is this?


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