http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341679/Brazilian-woman-wakes-coffin-hours-buried-alive.html#ixzz19FAXhBhYCouldn't the medical authorities conduct some sort of test, before slamming down the coffin lid. A big ostrich feather and bare feet springs to mind.
This quote is from a reader's comment on a report from the Daily Mail about a 88 years old woman was taken into a coffin because people had thought she died while she was virtually alive.
I don't understand the sentence I hightlighted in red. Could someone please give me a hand?