From people who ended up trapped in a morgue freezer to waking up at their own funeral, here are shocking cases of clinically dead people who somehow came back to life! (We wonder if any of them said these last words as spoken by famous people before their deaths.)
#1 Li Xiufeng
Li Xiufeng, a 95-year old woman, was found dead by her neighbor and placed inside a coffin, waiting for days before they buried her. This ended up being beneficial for Li, since she stepped out of her coffin and went about cooking dinner, like nothing happened. The downside though, was that they burned almost all her stuff—which she wasn’t so grateful for.
#2 Val Thomas
Val Thomas of West Virginia had several heart attacks and did not show brain waves for more than 17 hours. She had no pulse and heartbeat and when the cables were pulled out, she woke up and started to talk. Val was then brought to a special clinic where they declared that she was fine.
#3 Erica Nigrelli
Erica, a pregnant English teacher from Missouri, suddenly passed out. Her husband dialed 911 and she was brought to the hospital. But her heart stopped and they had to get her baby from her body before it died too. After her delivery, Erica’s heart beat again and she was placed in a medically induced coma for 5 days. All she actually needed was a pacemaker. Now, she and her daughter are both alive.
#4 Anne Green
In 1650, a woman was convicted of killing her child and hiding the body. She was sentenced to hang and was held down by people to hasten the choking. But when they cut her down and started the autopsy, she was able to survive. Because she survived her hanging, they allowed her to live, even siring 3 more children.
#5 Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov
This story of Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov didn’t really end up happily. She was wrongly pronounced dead when she was 49 years old. Surrounded by sobbing family during her funeral, she suddenly woke up. Because of the horror and shock of waking up at her own funeral, she got a heart attack. She was then brought to the hospital and was declared dead once again. Some things just aren’t meant to be.
#6 Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi
Hamdi Hafel al-Nubi, a 28-year old Egyptian waiter, got a heart attack while working and was declared dead. While writing his death certificate, the doctor noticed that his body was still warm. After checking his vital signs, the doctor discovered that Hamdi was alive and he was subsequently revived. His mother, who was already in mourning, upon hearing the good news, fainted. The funeral immediately shifted to a celebration, obviously.
#7 A Woman From Saudi Arabia
In 2009, a woman from Saudi Arabia had a Caesarean that went wrong and she died. Her husband was given her death certificate and their baby and then she was brought to the morgue. After 2 hours, she woke up in the freezer screaming and banging on the door when a worker came, heard her, and rescued her. Her husband was forced to give back her death certificate, even though he wanted to keep it as a souvenir.
#8 Kelvin Santos
Kelvin Santos, a 2-year old child, died of pneumonia. But right before his funeral started, he sat up on his open coffin and queried, “Daddy, can I have some water?” Everyone was given a scare and his parents thought it was a miracle. But eventually, he laid back down and stopped breathing again. Unfortunately, they could not revive Kelvin again.
#9 Lyudmila Steblitskaya
Lyudmila Steblitskaya died a couple of times, wherein in two instances, she was just moments from being cut open right before she came back to life. There was one time she was inside a freezing cold morgue for 3 days before the doctors figured out she was still alive. Since she’s also had a history of heart problems, they thought she died, only to be revived a couple of hours later.
#10 Luz Milagros Veron
Born 3 months premature, baby Luz Milagros Veron was sent straight to the morgue. Fortunately, when the parents asked to see their baby one more time, inside the coffin that was covered for 12 hours, they heard a little cry. They opened the coffin and saw that Luz, albeit weak and cold, was alive! Originally named Lucia, they changed her name to Luz Milagros, which means “Miracle Light.”
#11 An 80-Year Old Man From Johannesburg
In July 2011, an 80-year old from Johannesburg was brought inside the morgue freezer. Less than 24 hours later, the morgue’s owner, Ayanda Magolo, heard screaming from the fridge. Thinking it was a ghost, he called the police to handle it. The man was defrosted, sent to the hospital, and made a full recovery.
#12 Margorie McCall
This is actually an old Irish story that changes information as it is retold. But this is believed to be an 18th century fact. It has been said that a rich lady named Margorie died from a fever and her husband attempted to remove her gold wedding ring, but her finger became too swollen. She was quickly buried in a cemetery, where some grave robbers unburied her to remove her ring—they planned to do so by cutting off her finger. Whilst cutting, she woke up and started screaming, scaring off the robbers. She then ran to her husband, covered in dirt and blood, scaring her husband so much that he died and was buried in her own grave.
#13 Carlos Camejo
Carlos Camejo from Venezuela was announced dead during a highway accident in 2007. He was taken by the medical examiners even before his wife could identify him. During his autopsy, as they were cutting into his face, they saw that there was just too much fresh blood coming out. Then Carlos started screaming and shouting, with the surgeons hurrying up to stitch him back up. Carlos said that he woke up because the pain was unbearable.
#14 Walter WIlliams
In 2014, Walter Williams, then a 78-year old man, was pronounced dead by a nurse who looked after him. A coroner also declared that Walter was dead. Yet when he was being placed inside a body bag, they noticed that Walter seemed to be kicking. They listened to his chest and actually heard a heartbeat! The theory was his heart was jump started by the defibrillator in his chest.
MaNdlo is a Zimbabwean prostitute. While with a client, she collapsed and died. Her client left the hotel and when the police arrived, they put her in a steel coffin. But the prostitute woke up and shouted, “You want to kill me!” Eavesdroppers were so scared out of their wits that they ran away.