Now once some one is declared dead we can be pretty sure of the physician's word. Unless you're somehow magically stuck in one of George Romero's zombie flicks, people do not just come back to life and walk among the living.
We all heard cases of people dying in hospitals but then coming back to life, which have been coined as near-death experiences. You have extraordinary technology and intellectual physicians and nurses at hand in those cases.
Ralph Neves had none of that as his motionless body was brought to the track’s first aid room at Bay Meadows Racecourse.
On May 8t, 1936, Ralph Neves was racing his third race of the day what was to be a tournament. His magnificent horse went by the name Fannikins.
In this particular race, Neves was in fifth place and was frantically trying to take control of the lead. Suddenly, after Neves took a turn, one of the horse from the outside fell against the horse beside it which chaos ensues.
Neves' horse dumped him onto the track and to the spectators' horror, the horse fell upon him. Track physicians rushed to his aid as the spectators looked on with stunned looks while secretly praying for him to be well.
A pick-up truck arrived to carry Neves to the first aid room where he was pronounced dead. The tragic news was announced to the crowd.
This is where the story gets a bit mystical as some claim he came back in the hospital or he emerged from the track aid room, it's unclear which.
The one thing that is agreed on is that Neves was given shot of adrenaline directly into his heart. Some claim he awoke after a few moments from receiving the injection or came back sometime in the next twenty minutes.
Neves went straight back to the track to continued to race which surprised everyone as at that point, as they accepted he was dead. The crowd went from stunned to excited as they started to follow, which Neves later stated, "“At one point, I think everyone on the damn track was chasing me.”
Officials gave him the rest of the day off from racing and ordered him to stay at the nearest hospital and pending the approval of a physician could continue racing the next day.
The myth claims that Neves won all the next day's races, which is untrue, BUT he did win enough second-place finishes to capture the title.
It is true that he was declared dead that day but the story has been embellished to the point where the details are uncertain and that the only sure credible witness was Neves' own valet.
The physician at hand must of made a mistake, as Neves could have been knocked out or in a coma-like state of some sort where the adrenaline awoke him.