Philosophers and religious folk have argued for centuries about whether or not death truly is the end of the journey for mankind. The only way to know for certain would be to ask somebody who has actually died and came back to life. However, outside books and movies there isn't a great deal of likelihood of finding such an example. Or so you would think - there are actually a peculiarly large number of cases of unfortunate individuals who have quietly shuffled off this mortal coil, only to find their souls stuffed unceremoniously back in their earthly forms.
While the rest of you may run for the hills, screaming of a zombie apocalypse, The Richest are made of sterner stuff and have investigated 10 such cases for your perusal. Some of the most interesting occasions of people being declared clinically dead, only to unfathomably survive the experience, are detailed in this article. From toddlers interrupting their own funerals to a sex worker being understandably miffed at being put into a coffin, the tales of folk who have kicked the bucket and then thought better of it are funny, tragic and mystifying. While some of the stories have already been logically explained, others are a complete mystery to doctors and investigators alike. The only thing that we can take from the full ten stories as a whole is - nothing is certain, not even death. It seems that the eternal mystery is destined to remain unsolved for a while longer.
10 Kelvin Santos
In June 2012, the Santos family of Belem, northern Brazil, were hit by unspeakable tragedy when two-year old Kelvin was pronounced dead in the local Aberlardo Santos hospital. The tot had been rushed in with breathing difficulties and diagnosed with pneumonia. He was pronounced dead at 7:40 on the Friday night and his body was handed back to the family in a plastic bag. After laying overnight in an open coffin, the family decided to conduct the funeral on the Saturday afternoon, where events took a turn for the inexplicable.
9 Margorie McCall
Possibly the most dubious story on the list is an Irish folk tale dating from the 18th century, albeit one the good folk of Ireland swear is based on fact, so we'll treat it as such. It concerns a wealthy landowner named Margorie McCall, who died from a fever. She was hastily buried in the local ceremony, to the extent that her fingers were still swollen when her distraught husband tried to remove her wedding ring. Foiled, the funeral was completed and Margorie laid to rest - for a while. Local grave-robbers, circling like vultures around a fresh, rich corpse, dug her up and stared to remove her ring by cutting off her finger.
8 Luz Milagros Veron
7 Carlos Camejo
6 Li Xiufeng
5 Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov
4 Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi
3 Walter Williams
1 Lyudmila Steblitskaya
In November of 2011, Nastya Steblitskaya attended the hospital to visit her mother, Lyudmila, who had been suffering from a recent bout of poor health. She was duly informed that Lyudmila had died earlier that day and that her body had already been transferred to the morgue, which was now closed for the weekend. Realising that she wouldn't be able to view her mother's body until the Monday, Nastya spent the weekend making the funeral arrangements. Once Monday arrived, she went back to the hospital to collect the body. In possibly the most understandable reaction of the whole article, Lyudmila left the building running and screaming after seeing her mother happily strolling about in the hospital corridors.
Though the hospital refused to comment, Lyudmila was told her mother spent the entire weekend in the morgue. To top things off, the following year saw Lyudmila again pronounced dead for several hours before being revived. It's almost like the world's most traumatic party trick.
Sources: latino.foxnews.com, dailymail.co.uk, siberiantimes.com, cnn.com, huffingtonpost.com
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