It is one of those stories that makes you shake your head and ask, how? How can someone be pronounced dead and then come back to life a short time later? These are the questions being asked after a Midwest woman died...and then didn't!

KTIV reports that the woman in question was pronounced dead at Mulberry Nursing Home in Waverly, Nebraska. The 74-year-old woman had reportedly been in hospice care and the staff at the nursing home was expecting her to pass away. After her supposed passing, her body was transported to Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln, Nebraska. That is where things get strange.

According to KTIV, while the funeral home staff was preparing the body for funeral arrangements, an employee noticed that the woman was still breathing. They called 911 and the woman was taken to an area hospital. As of Monday afternoon, she was still alive.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. No criminal intent has been found so far and officials are unsure if any laws were broken. The funeral home and nursing home are not commenting. So how is something like this possible? Did this woman actually die?

According to Medical News Today, officials believe that this happens more often than you might think. It is called Lazarus Syndrome. It is defined as a delayed return of spontaneous circulation. After a patient is pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest, the body experiences an impromptu return of cardiac activity. A miracle? Not quite, but certainly a shock for the funeral home staff!

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