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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Man Pronounced Dead Found Breathing

MistakeTwo hours after the family of Valdelucio de Oliveira Goncalves, a 54-year-old terminally ill cancer patient, was told that he had died of respiratory and organ failure, the family discovered the doctors had made a mistake. The family found Goncalves in a body bag, tied up, with cotton wool in his nose and ears, and breathing.  The family wants answers to how their family member was mispronounced as dead, and hospital directors plan to check with those involved to find out how this mistake occurred.

See Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, ‘Dead’ Man Rescued 2 Hours Later When Family Notices Body Bag Moving, Fox News, Aug. 26, 2014.


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