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Woman Wakes Up After Family Says Goodbye, Tubes Pulled

May 25, 2008

A West Virginia woman is at the Cleveland Clinic after walking the line between life and death. Doctors are calling Val Thomas a medical miracle. They said they can’t explain how she is alive.

They said Thomas suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours. At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, her heart stopped and she had no pulse. A respiratory machine kept her breathing and rigor mortis had set in, doctors said. “Her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled. Death had set in,” said son Jim Thomas. They rushed her to a West Virginia hospital. Doctors put Thomas on a special machine which induces hypothermia. The treatment involves lowering the body temperature for up to 24 hours before warming a patient up. After that procedure, her heart stopped again. “She had no neurological function,” said Dr. Kevin Eggleston. Her family said goodbye and doctors removed all the tubes. However, Thomas was kept on a ventilator a little while longer as an organ donor issue was discussed. Ten minutes later the woman woke up and started talking. Read more and watch the video here>>>


This is such an amaizing and happy ending story…not like the next one.

Bit of a bummer

A German pensioner is suing a hospital after she checked in for an operation on her leg – and woke up to find she had been given a new anus.

The clinic in Hochfranken in Bavaria has suspended the surgical team concerned after they apparently mixed up the notes for two patients.

The woman complainant was expecting an operation on her leg, while another patient, suffering from incontinence, was scheduled for surgery on her sphincter.

The woman, who still needs to have the leg operation, is planning to sue the hospital and is looking around for another hospital to carry out the work.


That sucks! Can you imagine? Instead of the leg to be fixed, the poor woman got a new anus! Somebody didn’t study very well for usmle, hah?

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