(RepublicanDaily.org) – A woman who “came back to life” after having been pronounced dead has officially died, media reports confirmed.
Bella Montoya, a woman from Ecuador, aged 76, woke up in her coffin at her funeral. Her son, Gilberto Barbera, explained to the media that the funeral was stopped after the mourners heard “a sound” coming from inside the coffin. Hearing the sound from inside the coffin caused the mourners a “fright” and authorities were called.
After she woke up from the apparent dead, she was transported to a local hospital, where she remained for seven days. The woman died after the end of seven days after having suffered from an ischemic stroke.
The woman’s strange re-animation is a condition medically known as Lazarus Syndrome, also known as the Lazarus Effect or autoresuscitation. Lazarus Syndrome occurs when a person, after all resuscitation attempts have failed and the person is pronounced clinically dead, wakes up. Healthcare providers explained that this syndrome makes it appear that the person has “come back” from death, but the reality is that they were not dead in the first place.
While it does happen, Lazarus Syndrome is a rare occurrence. After Montoya’s near burial when she was still alive, her case of Lazarus Syndrome sparked media debate over the medical phenomenon.
Despite being a rare occurrence statistically, Montoya is not the only person to have “come back” during her funeral in recent history. Earlier in 2023, CNN reported that an 82-year-old woman living in a nursing home in Long Island, New York had auto-resuscitated after being declared dead by a physician, and was later found breathing at a local funeral parlor.
In recent history, a man in Mumbai was transported to a mortuary after he was discovered covered in maggots and not breathing at a bus stop. However, he was reportedly suffering from a metabolic disorder and was not dead at the time he was found.
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