Former beauty queen Barbara Guthrie Lay comes back to life after being declared dead

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  • Barbara Guthrie Lay is recovering in hospital after being declared dead shortly after contracting Covid-19.
  • The 82-year-old won the title of Miss Virginia in 1958.
  • Doctors discovered a faint pulse on the former beauty queen moments after pronouncing her dead.
  • Her son, a physician himself, said there is only one way to describe what transpired: "a miracle". 


Former beauty queen Barbara Guthrie Lay is recovering in hospital. This, after she was pronounced dead on 22 December.

The 82-year-old, who won the title of Miss Virginia in 1958, contracted Covid-19. She was hospitalised after experiencing difficulties in breathing, reports People.

Two days passed before she was declared dead by doctors, only, minutes later, it was discovered she had a pulse.

According to Martinsville Bulletin, her death was relayed to her son, Thom Kelley, before the hospital called again with news of a faint pulse.

A medical practitioner himself, Tom said: "As a physician, I will say without hesitation, there is only one word for what has happened over the past week — a miracle."

Barbara has been moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room as she continues to recover. Her husband Tony Lay told WSET he went from "miserable and brokenhearted to overjoyed".

"I have always loved my wife," he said. "I just didn't realise exactly how much until this happened and that I can't live without her."  

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