Narrow Escape of Being Buried Alive.
An extraordinary case of trance has just been brought to light at Hereford. A girl named Sarah Ann Dobgin, eleven years of age, who has lived since she was very young with her great-aunt, Mrs Derry, was for some days considered to be dying, and was laid out for dead. Arrangements were made for the funeral, and shortly before its appointed time a Miss Cooke and a Mrs Bethell came to look at the supposed corpse, and to the amazement and almost horror of both, the covering of the body was observed to be moving. The child was then found to be alive, and medical assistance was at once procured. About three weeks before her supposed death the girl’s condition underwent a marked change, and for some time she had not been able to take anything but a very little water passed between her teeth with a teaspoon. Dr. Whitfield and Dr. Smith, who were called in after her revival, had a yolk of a new laid egg beaten up and introduced by means of a syphon. This had an immediate effect on the heart and brain, but it was not long before the stomach returned it. On Friday morning the patient was in an absolutely unconscious state, the mouth wide open, the tongue protruding its full length, the eyes fully open, the eye-balls turned up and rigidly fixed, the right hand raised, and the whole frame in a state of hysterical agitation. The patient has been sensibly affected by the alterations of day axrd night, sleep coming to her aid as the days have closed, and only leaving her as morning arrived. An experienced nurse, who has been much with the child during the month, had charge of her when she was assumed to have been dead, and arranged the laying out.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879
Narrow Escape of Being Buried Alive. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879
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