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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Frozen Stiff, but Alive

ALBANY, New York () -- When a U.S. national health magazine rated Albany Medical Center the best hospital in New York state this week, no one claimed it could raise the dead.


But Wednesday afternoon a worker at the hospital's morgue removed a body bag containing an 86-year-old woman from the morgue's 4 degrees Celsius refrigerator -- and heard breathing inside.


A medical team had been called to the apartment of the woman, Mildred Clarke, after an agent of the complex found her unconscious and reported that she was rigid, cold, had no pulse and was not breathing. The woman was declared dead by the county coroner and taken to the morgue. Clarke spent 80 minutes in the refrigerator before the morgue attendant discovered the mistake.