I ask you…. What’s not to love about Arkansas?
Last I wrote about strange goings-on here in my state it was about a man who left instructions that his little Yorkshire terrier should be euthanized and buried with him should he die. And now this….
Yesterday a 57 year old woman was found at her home in Little Rock lying listless in her backyard dressed only in her underwear. At 6:30 am paramedics were called arriving shortly thereafter and determined the woman to have no vital signs. Presuming the woman dead, they then called Little Rock detectives to the scene.
While investigating one of the detectives commented that it appeared to him she may still be alive. Then yet another paramedic crew arrived but again stated that there were no vital signs indicating the woman to be alive. After performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation the paramedics then called a local emergency room for a doctor to come to the scene for death pronunciation. The doctor arrived at the scene and pronounced the woman dead at 9:29 am.
The Coroner and Deputy Coroner then arrived at 9:55 am but during their examination they noted that the woman seem to exhibit several signs of life although she was not breathing. The Deputy Coroner then lifted the woman’s chin in an effort to clear her airway and the woman immediately took a breath. They immediately notified the local hospital of her impending arrival.
It should be noted that during the three and a-half hours she lay there on the ground in only her underwear presumed dead, the temperature was in the forties and she was covered only with a sheet.
As of Friday evening the woman was alive and in the critical care unit of the hospital. Two of the three paramedic crews attending at the scene are on suspension. Family members noted that the woman had an extensive medical history, suggesting that it may have been a medication problem, but detectives noted that no one knows the cause of the woman not breathing.
About all I can say in closing is that this certainly does not give one a warm and fuzzy feeling, especially at my age. Perhaps I will reconsider having a shovel put in my casket when I die. Or should I say….when someone declares me dead!