Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014

Janina Kolkiewicz, 91-year-old woman ‘dead’ for hours, wakes up and asks for food

In a bizarre story from Poland, a 91-year-old woman was declared dead and spent hours in a morgue before waking up, obviously shocking hospital staff and her relatives.

Janina Kolkiewicz was declared dead by local medical officials in the town of Ostrow Lubelski in eastern Poland, reported TVP. She had no pulse, was not breathing and her eyes didn’t react to light, but 11 hours later she woke up inside a body bag at the local morgue.

CSI_L_703_toe_tags_10.05.06_01Her amazing tale broke across the media on Thursday, but occured a week earlier. “I was sure she was dead,” Kolkiewicz’s doctor, Wieslawa Czyz, who has 28 years of medical practice, told TVP. “I’m stunned, I don’t understand what happened. Her heart had stopped beating, she was no longer breathing.”

“My aunt has no inkling of what happened since she has late-stage dementia,” says niece Bogumila Kolkiewicz, communicating her shock while speaking the local newspaper, Dziennik Wschodni.

Bogumila added that when she delivered the woman home, Janina “was freezing and asked for a hot cup of tea” and then ate a bowl of soup and two pancakes.

Police authorities have started an investigation into case. 

Earlier this year, an Ohio man woke up after being declared dead for nearly an hour and of course, the “near death” story of Colton Burpo was made into a popular feature film. Check out more on those stories:


Photo: Screenshot from the CBS show “C.S.I.”

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