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Woman, 91, Wakes Up In Morgue 11 Hours After Being Declared Dead

14/11/2014 11:55 GMT | Updated 14/11/2014 12:59 GMT

A 91-year-old woman has shocked morgue staff by “coming back to life” - 11 hours after she had been declared deceased.

Janina Kolkiewicz had no pulse, was not breathing and her eyes were not reacting to light when her doctor announced she had passed away, RT reports.

But she “woke up” inside her body bag in the town of Ostrow Lubelski in eastern Poland, two days before her funeral was due to be held, the BBC writes.

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Janina Kolkiewicz woke in a cold morgue, 11 hours after she had been declared dead

“I was sure she was dead,” Dr Wieslawa Czyz told the TV channel TVP.

He added: “I’m stunned, I don’t understand what happened. Her heart had stopped beating, she was no longer breathing.”

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Kolkiewicz was returned to the care of her niece Bogumila, who warmed her up with soup and pancakes.

Local newspaper Dziennik Wschodni reports Bogumila as saying: “My aunt has no inkling of what happened since she has late-stage dementia.”