In the past few weeks there have been 2 disturbing stories about people who were declared dead rising from the grave...so to speak. First there was the report that 2 Ebola patients from Africa rose from the grave, this first came to public awareness in this allAfrica news article:
Then just this week we hear another story from greece where a woman was buried only for people at the funeral to hear the woman screaming inside the burial vault, and there was an attempt to rescue her, but she had died of asphyxiation before they could get her out of the ground.
So what is going on here? Is a zombie apocalypse drawing nigh?
Throughout history physicians have made mistakes and patients have been prematurely pronounced dead. You still hear about it once in a while in modern times, when someone 'awakes' in the morgue. But it became so rampant and such a fear that in the 17th and 18th centuries many people were buried with what was essentially a premature burial alarm system.
If the person buried would regain consciousness, they would pull the cable and the bell would ring.
Can you imagine walking in a cemetery only to hear those bells ring? But according to various accounts, some were actually rescued by this system.
Today with our modern technology, a misdiagnosis of death is quite rare, but it still happens. Usually the patient's recovery is a short lived one. They awake in the morgue or embalmers table and are rushed to the Emergency Room at a local hospital, only to die soon after. The illness was mortal, but the doctors a bit premature.
So Zombie Apocalypse? Naw. But then again you never know!
Someone call Norman Reedus!
Until Next Time,