The Dead French Woman Who Came Back to Life? Nah, the Doctor Just Doesn’t Know What Death Looks Like

A woman pronounced “very certainly clinically dead” at a French hospital woke up hours later after her sons refused to turn off her life-support system, medics and the woman said. Doctors were preparing cancer patient Lydie Paillard, 60, for a chemotherapy session when she passed out, the director of the Bordeaux Rive Droite private hospital Yves Noel told AFP on Wednesday. A doctor managed to resuscitate her and put her on a ventilator but then, having consulted other doctors, called Paillard’s sons to break the news that their mother was “very certainly clinically dead”. But her sons would not turn off the respirator and she was then transferred to the university hospital of the southwestern French city where a scan revealed that she was in fact not brain dead, Noel said. “It’s a kind of miracle,” he said of Paillard, who woke up after 14 hours. He said that the doctor who resuscitated her had committed a communication error not a medical one as “he saved her life.”

I guess in French ‘very certainly clinically dead’ must be Je n’est pas encore mort! After all, she was not in fact brain dead and so not dead – yet. She will be- one day. But just not today. So no, it isn’t a ‘sort’ of miracle- it’s just an example of a stupid doctor not bothering to see if she really was dead.

The moral of the story? Avoid French Doctors! They’ll have you buried before your time. Scream at them as loudly as you can, Je n’est pas encore mort! Believe me, that’s the one phrase you’ll evidently want to take with you next time you visit Paris (if you can get there- thanks strikers!)


4 thoughts on “The Dead French Woman Who Came Back to Life? Nah, the Doctor Just Doesn’t Know What Death Looks Like

  1. Eric Chamblee 20 Oct 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Socialized Medicine


    • Jim 20 Oct 2010 at 3:00 pm

      like tenncare, medicare, and medicade. as well as the healthcare provided to us servicemen and women and not quite as good as what senators and congressmen get- not to mention the president. in fact, everyone who works for the govt gets better coverage than anyone else.


  2. Rev Tony Buglass 21 Oct 2010 at 8:27 am

    That’s “Je ne suis pas encore mort.” 1ps present indicative, not 3 ps present indicative.

    Just saying…


    • Jim 21 Oct 2010 at 8:53 am

      tks. french never was my favorite- no doubt due to the fact that i dont like the people or the place or the language.


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