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.

Do you think the hospital should have been given a heavier sanction for this mistake? Feel free to discuss your opinion with us!

Source: Eric Pfeiffer | Yahoo! News

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Man Dies After Winning Live Roach-Eating Contest

A 32-year-old man downed dozens of roaches and worms to win a python at a Florida reptile store, then collapsed and died outside minutes later.

Edward Archbold was among 20 to 30 contestants participating in Friday night’s “Midnight Madness” event at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, authorities said. The participants’ goal: consume as many insects and worms as they could to take home a $850 python. Soon after the contest was over, Archbold fell ill and began to vomit, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

A friend called for medical help. Then, Archbold himself dialed 911, the store said in a Facebook post. Eventually, he fell to the ground outside the store, the sheriff’s office said. An ambulance took him to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and are awaiting test results to determine the cause of his death. No other contestant fell ill, the sheriff’s office said.


Luke Lirot, who says he is legally representing the store, said in a post on the store’s Facebook page that all participants “signed thorough waivers accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest… The consumption of insects is widely accepted throughout the world, and the insects presented as part of the contest were taken from an inventory of insects that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles,” Lirot said.

In the wild, cockroaches are scavengers that pick up various bacterial organisms such as salmonella while walking through spoiled food, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene explains on its website.

What do you think was Edward Archbold’s cause of death? Would you participate in the same contest?

Source: CNN

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