A 95-year-old Chinese woman, thought to be dead and placed in a coffin, terrified her family and neighbors by climbing right out after six long days. Must have scared the living daylights out of her neighbor Mr. Qingwang, who was the first to discover the empty coffin.
Ms. Xiufeng lives alone in her home in China’s Guangxi Province. She had recently suffered a head injury, and Mr. Qingwang found her motionless one morning when he went to give her breakfast. “No matter how hard I pushed her and caller her name, she had no reactions,” he said. “I felt something was wrong, so I tried her breath, and she has gone but her body was still warm.” So believing her to be dead, Mr. Qingwang and his son made funeral preparations, placing the old woman’s body in a coffin. Fortunately, in Chinese tradition the coffin is retained for several days, until family and friends pay their respects. Also, he chose not to nail the box shut until the day of burial.
So a day before the funeral, the box was discovered empty, and the corpse was gone. Alarmed, they searched for the missing body everywhere, and where do they discover Ms. Xiufeng? In the kitchen, cooking herself a meal. Now if it were me, I would have run for my life if I saw a corpse cooking food. But no, turns out she hadn’t died at all. According to a county hospital, what she suffered was an artificial death – where the person doesn’t breathe but the body is still warm. It’s a good thing that coffin wasn’t nailed shut. But unfortunately for Ms. Xuifeng, she is left with nothing now. All her possessions were burnt according to the Chinese tradition for the dead. I don’t suppose she’s complaining, though.