Woman believed to be dead wakes up minutes before her cremation

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Shakuntala Gaikwad, 76, suddenly came to life in tears after being placed in a coffin while her family prepared her funeral pyre. The elderly woman had tested positive for Covid and was self-isolating at her home in Mudhale village in the state of Maharashtra, India. By May 10, her condition worsened and her family rushed her to the hospital.

Ms Gaikwad and her family had to visit a number of hospitals as no beds were available. Whilst waiting in the car, she fell unconscious and did not respond when her relatives tried to revive her.

Assuming that Ms Gaikwad had passed away, the family took her home and prepared for her cremation. The family announced her death and informed other family members about her funeral rites.

But, minutes before the pyre was set alight, Ms Gaikwad suddenly opened her eyes and started crying, shocked to find her relatives ready to set her on fire.

Her family took her to a hospital and she is now receiving further treatment and tests.

India is now the epicentre of the pandemic with more than 24 million cases and 270,000 deaths.

The second wave of the virus is ravaging large parts of the country and many hospitals have run out of beds or oxygen to provide basic treatment.

Many of the country’s crematoriums have run out of spaces and dead bodies have been dumped in the Ganges river.

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