‘Dead’ man wakes up on way to the morgue : Medical Examiner

'Dead' man wakes up on way to the morgue : Medical Examiner

As far as the first responders could tell, the man was dead. He was cold and stiff, according to the medical examiner’s report.

Milwaukee police say around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, May 19th, they were called to the Tower Apartments near 11th and Wells for a welfare check. Here they find what police describe as a 46-year-old man lying face down unresponsive in a bedroom.

This man is identified as Thomas Sandcomb, and a Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s report indicates that just after midnight, responding officers found him ‘cold to the touch and in rigor.’

The police then called the Milwaukee Fire Department and when fire personnel arrived, ‘no lividity’ was noted, and he appeared very pale. Death was pronounced.

But roughly 45 minutes later, as transporters arrived at the scene, Sancomb exhibited ‘spontaneous respirations and began moving his left arm and right leg — the patient had a heart rate.’

Sancomb was then taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Sancomb’s brother says Thomas is getting better every day. And while FOX6 News cannot confirm anything as far as the cause of complications is concerned, there are documented medical conditions which can slow metabolism to the point that vital signs may be undetectable.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Milwaukee Fire Department says an internal investigation is being conducted. The results of which should be available next week.

  • Mike Hills

    This has happened many times. There is a condition that gives a person the appearance of being dead but in reality they are not. Before the days of embalming People with this condition which is genetic in nature and can run in a family. they would if a poor family wait to bury until they began to stink. In more affluent families they would lay in state in the family mausoleum with a rope that would ring a bell in the home when and if they recovered and became animated.