Declared dead, 91-year-old woman wakes up 11 hours later in funeral home

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KRAKOW — A 91-year-old woman in Poland was declared dead November 6 and sent to a funeral home, only to wake up 11 hours later in cold storage, CNN’s Polish affiliate TVN reported. Now she’s home and doing fine.

The doctor went to the home of Janina Kolkiewicz in the town of Ostrow Lubelski on November 6 after her family said she’d stopped breathing, TVN reported.

“I checked the pulse on the forearm artery, carotid artery also,” the doctor told TVN. “I listened to the heart, to the breathing. I also examined the pupils. There were no reflexes. Typical symptoms of death.”

The doctor signed the death certificate, and Kolkiewicz’s family began planning services, according to TVN.

Then the funeral home called.

Authorities are trying to find out what happened.

“We are investigating whether the doctor exposed the woman to imminent danger of loss of life, as the lady was moved to a funeral home and kept in cold storage,” Beata Syk-Jankowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office in Lublin, told TVN.

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  • Linda Hall

    was she in the cooler,and how did anyone know she woke up,im so scared this would happen to me,i think all dead should be kept in bed for 3 days to make sure people arent being buried alive,so scarey and worry about this constantly so canceled surgery cause dont wanna be left alone,want to be hugged,feel my dogs,and know someone has put me in gods hands or pray i wake up better,either or.but no morge for 3 days