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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, December 9, 2023

'Dead' woman found to be still alive in body bag at morgue: reports

CoffinA 90-year-old woman in Brazil, Norma Silveira da Silva, was mistakenly declared dead by hospital staff in São José. She was placed in a body bag and sent to the morgue for preservation. However, a crematorium worker discovered she was still alive when preparing to cremate her. She was rushed back to the hospital in poor condition.

The woman's caregiver, Jéssica Silvi Pereira, criticized the rushed process, noting that the family wasn't given a chance to say goodbye. The death certificate mentioned a urinary tract infection as the cause. The crematorium worker observed unusual signs, such as the body feeling warm, suggesting she may not have been dead when declared.

For more information see Stepheny Price “‘Dead’ woman found to be still alive in body bag at morgue: reports”, Fox News, November 30, 2023.


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