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article imageBrazilian woman declared dead wakes up in coffin

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 27, 2010 in World
San Paulo - An investigation is underway into the "death" of an 88-year-old Brazilian woman who was declared dead after hospital officials said she had no vital signs but then re-awakened a few hours later when funeral preparations were underway.
Brazil's O Globo reports, "the woman, Maria das Dores da Conceicao, was pronounced dead at the Municipal Hospital Ipatinga, in the Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais."
Her family was in a state of shock on Wednesday, when workers realized she was still breathing and moving her hands, inside the coffin. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the same hospital, where she will stay for two more days.
A press release from the Mayor's office, which was cited by the Brazilian newspaper, O Globo, said the woman was suffering from Alzheimer's and hypertension and had died on Friday, although no cause of death has been provided in the city's official statement, according to the AP.
The police department in the state of Minas Gerasis is investigating the death to see if poor medical care or the blatant misdiagnosis of 'her presumed death' contributed to final passing of the 88-year-old woman.
O Globo is reporting the woman died of respiratory failure and that she had a medical history of hypertension, peripheral vascular disease and obstructive Alzheimer's dementia, in addition to being bedridden.
The incident and death is under investigation by the civil police powers in the city of Ipatinga and by Ipatinga hospital officials.
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