Thursday, August 22, 2013

He's only MOSTLY dead.... [UPDATED]

Here's something you don't see every day:

"After showing no signs of life for 45 minutes and being declared dead, a 37-year-old Ohio man suddenly came back to life ... doctors treated Yahle with every medicine they could for 45 minutes, but he didn’t respond and was officially declared dead."

Mr Yahle had had some breathing problems earlier in the day, which had prompted a 911 call and ambulance ride. After hearing that his father had been pronounced dead, his 17-year-old son rushed to his side, yelling “Dad, you’re not going to die today."

Turned out he was right.

Which by the way brings up an interesting (well, to me, anyway) question: given that he was pronounced dead by a licensed physician at an accredited facility, is his wife eligible to file a claim on his life insurance? Generally, that requires a death certificate, but if he was legally pronounced dead.... [ed: see update, below]

On the other end of the spectrum, here's some good news for folks who are having problems conceiving a child:

"European and American scientists say a simplified version of the entire procedure aimed at developing countries could be done for about 200 euros ($265) with generic fertility drugs and basic lab equipment that would fit inside a shoebox."

Currently, IVF is an expensive proposition (although, to be fair, a whole lot less than actually raising one's progeny), so this may be the breakthrough for which anxious parent-wannabes have been waiting.

UPDATE: On a hunch, I posed this question to the claims folks at our primary carrier. Good sports that they are, they replied:

"NO Claim. We would require a certified death certificate, and there wouldn’t be one issued because they are not dead."

Oh, well - easy come, easy go.
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