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She woke up…in the COFFIN!

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It’s been a fear for a lot of people, declared dead on the operating table only to wake up in a box…your coffin!

Can this happen? Yes it can! I guess the answer really is in 2015…NO! It shouldn’t!

I guess that’s why they invented “Taberger’s Safety Coffin“, this employed a bell, yes a bell as a signaling device, for anybody buried alive. A safety coffin or security coffin is a coffin fitted with a mechanism to prevent premature burial or allow the occupant to signal that they have been buried alive.

It’s where the expressions “Saved by the Bell” and “The Graveyard Shift” actually comes from.

Here’s a pretty crude old school diagram of Taberger’s Coffin.










So could this happen in Australia? The likelihood of this happening is ZERO, NEVER, IMPOSSIBLE. The Health regulations placed on all funeral directors in Australia with regards to the deceased make it impossible for your loved one to actual be buried alive!

You see the doctor will pronounce them deceased, then more than likely their GP and the funeral homes all have independent doctors known as ‘referees’ that go to the funeral home and check if they are deceased. So that’s in Australia, back what about other parts of the world? Weeeeeeeeeel, there NOT Australia!

I know you wanted to hear that this has happened, YEP! It did!


And here’s the story, the only words I have…just WOW!

Prosecutors in Germany have charged a doctor with negligent bodily harm for declaring a 92-year-old woman dead – only for her to wake up in a refrigerated room at a funeral home.

Essen prosecutor Birgit Juergens said the 53-year-old, whose name was not released in line with privacy regulations, could face anything from a fine to a prison sentence if convicted.

The doctor is alleged to have pronounced the seriously ill woman dead in March after a caregiver found her without a pulse and not breathing at a retirement home.

That evening, a worker at the funeral home where she had been taken heard a scream from the refrigeration room and discovered the woman alive.

The woman died two days later in hospital from heart disease unrelated to the incident.

31 Jul, 15

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