Monday, June 19, 2023

Premature declaration of death 2

An Ecuadorian woman who surprised guests at her wake by knocking on her coffin earlier this month died Friday after a week of intensive care.

Doctors declared 76-year-old Bella Montoya, a retired nurse, dead after she suffered a possible stroke and cardiopulmonary arrest. Ecuador’s health ministry said Montoya did not respond to resuscitation efforts.

Her family had previously gathered for a wake at a funeral home on June 9, just hours after Montoya was declared dead by doctors the first time. But everything came to a stop when they heard a sound coming from inside the coffin.

Montoya’s son, Gilberto Barbera, told the Associated Press the sound gave everyone a "fright." He also said his mother’s condition remained dire, and she was returned to the hospital immediately.

On Saturday morning, Barbera told the publication that doctors at the hospital where she was rushed after the wake confirmed Montoya died Friday evening.

According to the health ministry, Montoya died from an ischemic stroke.

The ministry added that she remained under "permanent surveillance" but did not give any more information about the investigation surrounding the case.

Barbera also said he did not receive an explanation as to what occurred, warning that things "are not going to stay like this."

He said Montoya’s sister filed a formal complaint about the incident and is looking to find out who the doctor was who declared her dead.

Montoya’s remains were sent back to the same funeral home where she previously regained consciousness, and her son said she will be buried at a public cemetery.

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