Dead woman ‘wakes up’ at funeral

VISAKHAPATNAM: A woman, who was declared dead by doctors and whose body was being taken in a procession to the burial grounds, suddenly stirred and stood up sending shivers down the spine of relatives and others present here on Thursday.

However, after a few hours of her `rebirth,’ she died in a corporate hospital. Earlier, the woman, Pinnitla Varalakshmi of Neelamma Vepachettu area in Allipuram, `woke up’ even as family members burst crackers, as per the custom in the region.

"We were about to leave for the burial ground when she got up suddenly when a youth fired a bomb," Rama Rao, a resident of Neelamma Vepachettu area said.

She had been admitted to King George’s Hospital after she collapsed in the house while attending to her daily chores on Wednesday. The callous KGH doctors had declared her dead and even issued a death certificate.

After her `rebirth,’ the family later took Varalakshmi to a corporate hospital in a 108 vehicle on Thursday morning. A relative, Nageswara Rao, said the 108 staff noticed her pulse and shifted her to a private hospital where she succumbed later.

The deceased woman has two children. Meanwhile, the KGH authorities refused to comment on the incident. Police said no formal complaint was lodged against the hospital.

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