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

Image: Channel 4

Chip Kelly To Be Eagles’ New Head Coach

Chip Kelly To Be Eagles' New Head CoachAs initially reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they have agreed to terms with University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to become the 21st head coach in franchise history.

‘Brilliant football mind’

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team.”

Kelly, 49, was pursued by the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills this offseason, spending nine hours with Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski on Jan. 5. The Bills hired former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, who was also a candidate in Philadelphia, and the Browns bowed out of the running, “rebooting” their search that ended last Thursday night with the hiring of Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinkski.


‘Last minute’

Kelly decided to remain at Oregon after Nike founder and Ducks booster Phil Knight made a strong push to retain the innovative head coach who had guided Oregon to a 46-7 record over the last four seasons. A similar scene played out in 2012, as Kelly was in negotiations to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before deciding at the last minute to remain at Oregon.

Under Kelly, Oregon has ranked in the Top 5 in each of the last three seasons, appeared in four straight BCS bowls, including the 2010 National Championship Game, which the Ducks lost to Auburn, 22-19. Oregon won three straight Pac-10/Pac-12 championships and appeared in two Rose Bowls during Kelly’s tenure in Eugene.

Are you glad that Chip Kelly is now the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles? Tell us about your expectations for him in the coming games!

Source: Brian McIntyre, Yahoo Sports

Image: The Guardian