Patient Pronounced Dead Woke Up To Find Doctors Preparing To Remove Her Organs

Patient Pronounced Dead Woke Up To Find Doctors Preparing To Remove Her OrgansIn Syracuse, New York, a resident awoke during a trip to the emergency room to find that doctors were mistakenly preparing to remove her organs.

‘Breathing independently’

The Post-Standard reports that in October 2009, Colleen S. Burns was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, suffering from a drug overdose. Although a nurse told doctors that Burns was recovering from her overdose, those same doctors pronounced her dead.

A call was placed to her family informing them that Burns had passed away, and the family subsequently agreed to have her removed from life support and gave the hospital clearance to harvest her organs.

But Burns was not dead. In fact, a number of signs clearly pointed to her being alive. When a nurse performed a mandatory reflex test on Burns, her toes curled downward. She appeared to be breathing independently of a hospital respirator, and her lips and tongue were said to have moved moments before doctors prepared to remove her organs.


‘Unnecesary move’

Nonetheless, the nurse then followed instructions to give Burns a powerful sedative, a seemingly unnecessary move if the patient were actually dead. Thankfully, Burns awoke moments before doctors were going to cut her open to remove the organs from her presumed-dead body.

The hospital was sanctioned for its actions and cited for a number of mistakes that placed the patient’s health in jeopardy. Burns, who fully recovered from her injuries at the time, committed suicide in 2011 at the age of 41. But her mother says Burns was already suffering from a number of issues and that the hospital incident did not play a role in her eventual suicide.

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Source: Eric Pfeiffer | Yahoo! News

Image: Channel 4

Nelson Mandela Now On Life Support

Nelson Mandela Now On Life SupportSouth Africans lit candles outside the hospital where anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela lay Wednesday night amid a that the former president was on life support.

‘Multiracial democracy’

Mandela, 94, considered the founding father of South Africa’s multiracial democracy, has been hospitalized since June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Authorities have described his condition as critical since Sunday, and after visiting him late Wednesday night, President Jacob Zuma canceled his visit to Mozambique where he was supposed to attend a summit Thursday on infrastructure investment.

As the nation remained on edge, police barricaded the street leading to the hospital’s main entrance. Well-wishers hung balloons, stuffed animals and messages of support along the wall, and crowds hovering nearby sang “Where is Mandela?” Several relatives came out to collect some of those items Wednesday.


‘Peaceful, perfect end’

Mandela became an international figure while enduring 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, the country’s system of racial segregation. He was elected the nation’s first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed. Even as he has faded from the spotlight, he remains popular and is considered a hero of democracy worldwide.

As South Africans steeled themselves for the worst, details emerged about the family’s meeting in his boyhood home of Qunu on Tuesday. An archbishop also stopped by the hospital and conducted prayers, calling for “a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect end” for the former president. During the meeting in Qunu, funeral arrangements were not part of the talks, family friend Bantu Holomisa said, according to SAPA.

What are the lessons that you have learned from Nelson Mandela’s heroic acts? Share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Faith Karimi and Robyn Curnow | CNN

Image: The News