Chinese woman, 95, climbs out of coffin after being 'dead' for days

PHOTO: Chinese woman, 95, climbs out of coffin after being 'dead' for days

A Chinese woman who was thought to have passed away woke up six days after she had supposedly died, Daily Mail and Times of India reported Sunday.

95-year-old Li Xiufeng tripped and suffering a head injury at her home in Beiliu, Guangxi Province.

Two weeks later, neighbors found her in bed motionless and not breathing.

"She didn't get up, so I came up to wake her up," the Daily Mail quoted the woman's neighbor Chen Qingwang, 60, as saying.

"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," he said.

The neighbors thought she passed away and placed her in a coffin, which was kept in her house unsealed under Chinese tradition for friends and relatives to pay respects.

The "dead" woman was left in her coffin two days after she was discovered while Qingwang and his son prepared her funeral.

But the day before the funeral, Qingwang arrived at her house and found her "corpse" had disappeared.

"We were so terrified, and immediately asked the neighbors to come for help," Qingwang said.

The neighbors later discovered that the woman had woken up, and was in her kitchen cooking.

"I slept for a long time. After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat," she told villagers.

"I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out," she said.

Medical experts said the old lady had suffered an "artificial death," when a person has no breath, but their body remains warm.

"Thanks to the local tradition of parking the coffin in the house for several days, she could be saved," a doctor at the hospital said.