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An elderly woman was within minutes of being cremated when her daughter noticed that she was still alive.
The horrifying discovery was made in the city of Resistencia in Argentina’s north-eastern province of Chaco.
The 89-year-old heart attack victim’s name has not been released by Argentine authorities.
According to the newspaper Diario Norte, the woman had been admitted to a private clinic on Saturday, January 23.
When her 54-year-old daughter came to visit the next day, she was told by staff that her mother had died of a cardiorespiratory arrest and was given her death certificate.
According to a local police report: "(The daughter) went to the sanatorium at 8.45am where she met with a doctor who told her about the death of her mother after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest, for which she was sent to the crematorium on Velez Sarsfield Avenue and hired the funeral and cremation service."
According to the news site Info Veloz, at the funeral, the daughter noticed that her mother still had vital signs as she was about to enter the incinerator and quickly told employees to stop the cremation.
The woman then sent an message to one of her relatives saying: "I just wanted to let you know that mum is still alive. In the end, we were in the cremation room and we saw her with her vital signs. Now we're going to the clinic."
The patient was returned to the private clinic where she is currently being treated in intensive care.
Her daughter has reported the clinic to the local authorities who have confirmed that they will carry out a full investigation.
Cardiorespiratory resent is rarely survivable without immediate specialised treatment, and the elderly lady’s recovery in an unheated crematorium storage room is something of a medical miracle.
Even for cardiac arrests occurring in hospital, only around 17% of patients survive to discharge, according to Medicine Journal.
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