95 year old Chinese woman, Li Xiufeng shocked and stunned her neighbours in 2012 by coming back to life and climbing out her coffin six days after she ‘died’. Li Xiufeng was about to have her funeral when she woke up and got out of the coffin, medical experts saying she suffered an ‘artificial death’.
Li Xiufeng was found motionless and not breathing in bed by a neighbour two weeks after tripping and suffering a head injury at her home in Beiliu, Guangxi Province.
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When neighbour Chen Qingwang, who found her, wasn’t able to wake the pensioner up, they feared the worst and thought the elderly woman had passed away.
“She didn’t get up, so i came up to wake her up. No matter how hard I pushed her and called her name, she had no reactions, I felt something was wrong, so I tried her breath, and she has gone, but her body is still not cold.”
As Mrs. Xiufeng lived alone, Mr. Qingwang and his son made preparations for her funeral, and the ‘dead’ woman was placed in her coffin which was kept in her house unsealed under Chinese tradition for friends and relatives to pay respects.
But the day before the funeral, neighbours found an empty coffin. Mr. Qingwang said “We were so terrified, and immediately asked the neighbours to come for help.”
Neighbours frantically searched for the missing “corpse” only to discover the 95-year-old in her kitchen cooking.
She reportedly told villagers: “I slept for a long time. After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat. I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out.”
A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying: ‘Thanks to the local tradition of parking the coffin in the house for several days, she could be saved.
Despite cheating death however, the same Chinese tradition left Mrs. Xiufeng without any possessions though, because as if being declared dead and shoved into a coffin wasn’t bad enough, the poor lady woke up to find that her neighbour had destroyed or given away all of her possessions.
By Paul Middleton, source: Ghosts, the paranormal, myths and legends