92-year-old woman declared dead, wakes up screaming in the morgue

A forensic assitant walks through a morgue. STEPHANE AGOSTINI/AFP/Getty Images

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of: a 92-year old German woman was pronounced dead at her retirement home, only to wake up screaming in a refrigeration room at a funeral home. The doctor who allegedly declared the seriously ill woman dead has been charged with negligent bodily harm. He is facing disciplinary action and criminal charges–anything from a fine to prison time–if convicted. The woman was transported from the funeral home to a local hospital where she died two days later. Birgit Juergens, the prosecutor in this case, says her death was due to heart disease and unrelated to the doctor’s grim mistake.

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