S. African Man Presumed Dead Wakes-up In Morgue Screaming
LIBODE, South Africa –“It’s Alive!”—A 50-year-old man who was thought to be dead woke up in a South African morgue Sunday scaring attendants who thought he was a ghost, according to local media reports.
"His family thought he had died," health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told the Sapa news agency.
The man, whose identity has not been released, suffered an asthma attack and was presumed dead by family members who contacted a private undertaker in the rural village of the Eastern Cape, according to the Associated Press.
Morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo, who had examined the man by checking for a pulse and searching for a heartbeat, told the AP: “There was nothing.”
When the man awoke from his 21-hour slumber he found himself in a morgue refrigerator and began to scream for help.
This caused two mortuary attendants on duty to flee the building in horror as they thought it was a ghost.
After calling for help and returning to find the man alive, an ambulance was called for the man who had "been exposed to extreme cold for nearly 24 hours" said Kupelo.
The man was treated for hypothermia and dehydration at a nearby hospital, and doctors have deemed him stable. He is recovering at home from the bizarre and traumatic experience.
Kupelo has urged South Africans to not conclude on their own that a relative has passed. “You begin to ask yourself how many other people have died like that in a morgue,” Kupelo told the BBC.