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Thread #99243   Message #2202801
Posted By: Rumncoke
26-Nov-07 - 07:58 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
Subject: RE: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
When my father was born, in 1918 his mother was declared dead and the doctor went downstairs to write the death certificate.

Her sister arrived, found the nurse drawing the sheet over her face, threw off the covers, pulled up her gown and did heart massage - my grandfather was standing holding his newborn son and when telling the tale would imitate the way her hands were held and the compressions, even though he never knew the term. The nurse rushed off to get the doctor to come to stop the desecration of a deathbed, and he found grandma sitting up looking at her son.

The family story is that the death certificate had to be officially made void, but I don't know if that is the case or how I could find out - presumably they had serial numbers and there would be one missing, or struck through - but they might no longer exist anyway.

There is no way to know if she would have revived without intervention, but death was obviously a misdiagnosis. She lived to see her son marry, and eventually really died at Christmas in 1957