Think you know when someone is dead? Think again

Do we really know when someone is definitely dead? Australian Doctor investigates.

Their bodies are warm and their hearts still beat. They digest food; they defecate and urinate. Their wounds will heal, and new infections will provoke a fever. If they’re pregnant, they’ll eventually give birth. And if they’re children, they’ll continue to grow and sexually mature. All their organs — except the brain — function normally.

Welcome to the spectral world of ‘beating-heart cadavers’. These

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