'Dead' woman comes alive after two days in Kerala

Height of negligence

T C Mani, 68, a retired school teacher was living alone for the last nine years at a house she bought at Poosarippadi following differences with her family. Her husband had retired from Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and the couple had two children. According to the police, Mani spoke to her daughter on Monday last.

However, neighbours noticed that the newspapers and even milk of two days were lying unattended on her doorsteps on Wednesday. The police, who were called in, broke open the first floor door and got inside. They found Mani lying unconscious inside the toilet and there was a foul smell, according to sub-inspector P Sreekumaran Nair.

The police team after detailed inspection announced to the relatives that Mani had been dead for two days. They allowed the husband, children and some local people to inspect the body.

Since it was too late in the night, the police postponed the inquest procedures to Thursday morning and left after posting a guard at the site. Mani’s son was called to the station and a case of unnatural death was registered after recording his statement.

The next morning when the body was taken out for post mortem, Mani began to move and let out a wail to the utter disbelief of the onlookers. She was soon rushed to hospital in the same ambulance which was intended to carry her body.

At Paravoor government hospital, doctors gave her emergency care. It was found that she had puss in her nose and swelling on her knees. Scanning of her head also revealed that she had a head injury. Following this, Mani was shifted to Ernakulam Medical Centre for a better treatment.

Mani’s death certificate given by the police has come in for severe criticism and an inquiry is on to ascertain the serious lapse.

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