Grandmother, 81, ‘comes back from the dead’ giving morgue worker ‘shock of her life’

Zinaida Kononova has been pronounced dead after surgery in Russia with plans started for her funeral but hours later she ‘woke up’ at the morgue and was rushed to hospital

    Zinaida Kononova woke up in the morgue hours after her surgery (Image: MK)

    A pensioner came back from the dead after a night in a hospital morgue.

    Zinaida Kononova, 81, was pronounced dead after surgery in Russia to remove an intestinal obstruction.

    Her family was informed and began planning her funeral.

    She was taken to the morgue in Gorshechensky central district hospital at 1.10am on 14 August.

    Almost seven hours later at 8am a female morgue worker “got the shock of her life” when she found the grandmother sprawled on the floor.

    The woman had fallen as she attempted to climb off the morgue table and escape.

    Gorshechensky Central District Hospital where the incident happened
    (Image: east2west news)

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    An ambulance driver overheard the commotion as he entered the building.

    He told how the “frightened” morgue worker was saying: "Grandma, lie down, granny, be quiet.”

    The paramedic thought the morgue employee had gone “crazy” – talking to the dead.

    But then he saw how the pensioner grabbed the woman’s hand pleading for help.

    Zinaida was covered in blankets and rushed to intensive care.

    The hospital called her niece Tatiana and a senior doctor told her: “We have an unusual situation. She is alive!”

    Tatiana rushed to the hospital as a team of medics from regional capital Kursk were sent to treat Zinaida.

    Tatiana Kulikova, Zinaida’s niece, who is one of the relatives planning to sue the hospital

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    Tatiana was delighted her aunt was alive but asked the doctors: “How could this happen?”

    She was told Zinaida had been registered as clinically dead for 15 minutes – and was “literally pulled back from the other world”.

    Tatiana said: “She initially did not recognise me or recall that she had a surgery.

    “But she talked about her old knee problem.”

    Later she came to her senses.

    A doctor and anaesthetist later confessed to the family that they had sent Zinaida to the morgue one hour and 20 minutes after she died, instead of two hours as rules dictate.

    The back-to-life pensioner has been transferred to Kursk for further treatment.

    Roman Kondratenko, chief doctor of Gorshechensky central district hospital, has been suspended pending an investigation.

    Relatives are planning to sue the hospital, say reports.

    The morgue at Gorshechensky central district hospital
    (Image: 360TV)

    Acting hospital head Alexander Vlasov said: “For 30 minutes the patient underwent resuscitation measures.”

    Zinaida did not respond, he said.

    "As a result, the resuscitation doctor established biological death, ascertained it," he added.

    He said: "The anaesthetist is very worried. She feels very bad and we are afraid for her.

    "Every person makes mistakes.

    "What will happen next with the career of this anaesthetist is still a question."


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