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Universally, it’s one of our worst fears–waking up from the dead only to come to the horrific realization that our body has already been properly…handled, so to speak.  Be it waking up inside a cold morgue, or worse, the hopeless darkness inside a casket underground, being pronounced dead when we have not yet shuffled loose the mortal coil is something straight out of our nightmares.

Such was almost the case for a Milwaukee man on May 19th.  As reported by WITI and WISN, the 46-year-old man was found unresponsive in his highrise apartment after his girlfriend contacted police when she had been unable to reach him.  He was “cold to the touch and in rigor,” according to the medical examiner’s report.  Resuscitation was not attempted.  The man was pronounced dead, and as a transport crew was preparing to take the man to the morgue an hour later, the man started breathing and moving his right arm and leg.  The crew promptly called 911, and the man was rushed to an area hospital, where he is recovering.


So how could this have happened? Apparently, the man has a medical condition that put him into a rare coma, which dropped his body temperature and stiffened his neck and jaw, which likely accounts for thinking that rigor had set in.  An investigation is underway to determine what went so terribly wrong; fortunately, it did not go as wrong as it could have.  Still…sleep tight.