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Published on May 22, 2008
Plus'Dead' Woman Comes Back to Life'Dead' Woman Comes Back to LifeThe Associated PressA woman who suffered three heart attacks and had no brain waves was revived and is now very much alive, despite rigor mortis having started to set in. (May 22)Val Thomas' heart stopped early Saturday morning. (SOT: TIM THOMAS/VAL'S SON)THERE WAS NO LIFE IN MY MOTHER IN HER HOUSE. Paramedics revived her and rushed her to a hospital in Charleston, West Virginia.(SOT: DANIEL PENCE/VAL'S NEPHEW)SHE PROBABLY WENT CLOSE TO 20 MINUTES WITHOUT OXYGEN OR A PULSE.Doctors put Thomas on a machine that lowers the body's temperature. Her heart stopped two more times.(SOT: DR. KEVIN EGGLESTON/CAMC)SHE HAD NO NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION. Doctors told family members that Thomas had a less than ten percent chance of survival. They made the agonizing decision to take her off life support. They said their goodbyes, and prayed.(SOT: DANIEL PENCE)I ASKED GOD JUST SHOW ME SOMEThING.. I KNOW THERE'S SOME THING HERE.. JUST SHOW ME.. AND I DIDN'T SEE IT.A delay due to questions over organ donation kept Thomas on a respirator a little longer. But she went 17 and a half hours without any brain waves. When nurses eventually starting taking tubes out of Thomas, she awoke.(SOT: DANIEL PENCE)THEN THEY TOOK OFF AN ELECTRICAL LEAD AND NEARLY JUMPED OUT OF THEIR OWN SKIN, SHE SAID.. I'M SO SORRY MRS THOMAS AND MOM SAID. THAT'S OK HONEY.. THAT ' OK.." (SOT: VAL THOMAS)BUT I FEEL VERY BLESSED AND I KNOW GOD HAS SOMETHING ELSE IN STORE FOR ME.Doctors say Thomas has no heart blockages. She was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for closer examination by specialists. ___ ___, The Associated Press.