The death of a 12 year old girl in Probolinggo became a topic of conversation because she was alive again when her body was about to be washed.
She had received treatment for 1 hour before finally dying again.
The phenomenon of ‘rising’ again from the dead, although rare, is not something strange in the medical world.
There are many possible causes, one of which is related to lazarus syndrome.
Quoted from Medicalnewstoday, the name of this syndrome comes from a scripture story that tells of Lazarus who rose again after 4 days of death.
It is defined as a delayed return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) or a return to the pulsation of the circulatory system following CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
Since it was first described in the medical literature in 1982, 38 cases have been recorded.
About 82 percent of ROSCs occurred 10 minutes after CPR was stopped and 45 percent of patients experienced good nervous system recovery.
It is believed there were more cases than reported.
There has been various speculation about the cause.
One of them is the pressure that builds up on the chest when CPR is given.
When CPR stops, the pressure gradually takes effect and causes the heart to beat again.
Another theory suggests a delayed effect of drugs used for resuscitation.
There are two types of death that are recognized in medicine namely clinical death and medical death.
Clinical death was defined as the absence of a heartbeat, pulse and respiration.
Biological death is defined when there is no brain activity.
In practice, there are many conditions that make a person ‘appear’ to have died.
For example hypothermia, which is when the body experiences a drastic drop in core temperature due to prolonged exposure to extreme cold.
Hypothermia causes heart rate and breathing to slow down, even to the point of being difficult to detect.