Grazia Bruno, 68, was pronounced dead on February 6th, La Repubblica reported.
But seven days on, her family say there is still no sign of decay on her body, which is being kept in a coffin in the family home in Villagrazia di Carini, a hamlet close to Palermo.
“Her nails are perfect, pink in colour. The colour of her eyes is the same...her arms, legs and face are not stiff. She seems to be sleeping,” Francesco Passalacqua, one of her sons, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Bruno, who suffered from lung cancer that had spread to her breast, was initially confirmed dead by the family doctor, and later by another doctor, who was said to be “stunned” that her body hadn't started to decay.
The second doctor then advised the family to wrap the corpse in blankets and place it by the heater in order to speed up the decomposition process.
“Her body temperature has not decreased despite the heating being on,” Passalacqua said.