At the Hour Of Our Death

Illustrations for TIME by Darren Pryce

It was to have been a simple procedure to clear a blockage in an artery of her heart. No need for a general anesthetic, just something to make her drowsy. But when the job was done and Florence Cohen began to feel her senses sharpening, events took a turn for the odd.

Standing next to her bed in Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital, her cardiologist asked her how she was feeling.

"I feel great," Florence said.

Noting, most likely, changes to her vital signs or...

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