• Stories surface regularly about a hospital patient declared dead but who then revives briefly before once again dying. However, Tammy Cleveland's recent lawsuit against doctors and DeGraff Memorial Hospital near Buffalo, New York, reveals an incident more startling. She alleges that her late husband Michael displayed multiple signs of life (breathing, eyes open, legs kicking, attempted hugs, struggles against the tube in his throat) for nearly two hours, but with two doctors all the while assuring her that he was gone.
(The coroner came and went twice, concluding that calling him had been premature.)
The lawsuit alleges that only upon the fourth examination did the doctor exclaim, "My G0D, he has a pulse!" Michael Cleveland died shortly after that -- of a punctured lung from CPR following his initial heart attack -- an injury for which he could have been treated. [Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 10-13-2015]
• In September, village officials in Uzbekistan's town of Shahartepeppa, alarmed that Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev would drive through and notice barren fields (since the cotton crop had already been harvested), ordered about 500 people into the fields to attach cotton capsules onto the front-row stalks to impress Mirziyoyev with the village's prosperity. [RFE/RL via The Guardian (London), 11-16-2015]