The patient was not for resuscitation so the nurses watched as her heart rate slowed, her breathing became shallow and almost imperceptible and her skin became cool to the touch. It came as no surprise when all the alarms sounded to herald death and a physical examination confirmed this. Her daughter was contacted and gently told, “your mother has just passed away.”
A half hour later after the body had been washed and prepared for the daughter’s last visit a moan came from behind the curtains, startling the staff who raced into the cubicle to see the woman attempting to sit up.
Embarrassed, the nurse met the daughter at the door of the ward and said, “I’m glad to say we got it wrong. Your mother didn’t die she was in a state of suspended animation.”
In response to Zoe’s six sentence prompt suspend.