It’s the stuff of nightmares and horror stories: the dead rising from the grave. On August 23, 2020, it happened in Michigan after a woman who was declared deceased by the responding EMS crew “woke up” in a funeral home. Her case has been described as an instance of “Lazarus Syndrome”, or “autoresuscitation after failed cardiopulmonary resuscitation”, but was it this rare condition or negligence on the part of the providers? Nick and Samantha discuss the family’s $50 million lawsuit against the City and the providers and examine the clinical and legal issues around patients presumed to be deceased. Please like, comment, and subscribe!
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