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'Deceased' grandfather wakes up in the morgue - after 21 hours

By Sapa | Jul 25, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 49 ]

'He woke up and screamed, demanding to be taken out of the cold place. At first, the mortuary workers ran for their lives, thinking it was a ghost'

An Eastern Cape grandfather, who woke up in a morgue after his family believed he was dead, has been discharged from hospital, a health official said on Monday.

“Doctors put him under observation and concluded he was stable. He did not need further treatment,” said Eastern Cape health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.

He said the man had suffered from dehydration after spending 21 hours inside the morgue of a private undertaker at Libode in the Transkei region on Sunday afternoon.

His family had presumed he was dead when they could not wake him  up.

“The family called a private undertaker who took what they thought was a dead body to the morgue, but the man woke up inside the morgue on Sunday at 5pm and screamed, demanding to be taken out  of the cold place.”   

Kupelo said the two mortuary attendants thought that they had heard a ghost.

“At first, the mortuary workers ran for their lives,” said Kupelo.

The man was taken to Saint Barnabus hospital where he was discharged on Monday morning.

He had to go in for a check-up again on Thursday.

Kupelo said this incident showed that the funeral industry needed to be better regulated.

“We need to the message across to all South Africans that it is very wrong for them to conclude on their own that a person has died.

“You begin to you ask yourself, how many other people have died like that in a morgue.”   

If a member of the public thinks a family member is dead, he or she must first call an ambulance or the police who will then follow  the correct processes.

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“We need to the message across to all South Africans that it is very wrong for them to conclude on their own that a person has died.

“You begin to you ask yourself, how many other people have died like that in a morgue.”
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Who edited this story? Surely he/she must have been drunk.

Feb 06, 2012 8:7 | 0 replies

ya neh,ha o le masepeng ho betere o thole,yo you cracked me davinator man,hahahah!!noo man!

Jul 26, 2011 1:4 | 0 replies

A SE SEPOKO? KE A TSHOGA , LE NNA KE BE KE TLA JA NAGA!

Jul 25, 2011 11:0 | 0 replies

I am tempted to believe many people have gone through a similar ordeal but unfortunately some were really believed to be ghost and even died. This is more pronounced in black communities, mostly because we don’t receive first aid courses which could serve beneficiary if such events occur. I think government must only allow doctors though also humans, to declare a person dead as opposed to the current system where even teenagers in case you don’t wake up can pronounce you dead. Congratulations to this person who had been given a second chance. Make the most of the gracious time provided to you.

Jul 25, 2011 4:51 | 0 replies

hahahahahahahahahaha,He must thank the Lord He rose him from death

Jul 25, 2011 3:53 | 0 replies

Heaven or Hell uwutsho khulu why uphendukile?

Jul 25, 2011 3:36 | 0 replies

batho hlokomelang bo kweta bo bo dirang ke undertakers.

Jul 25, 2011 3:35 | 0 replies

Name him Jesus...he"s the only man to realy confirm if theirs Hell of Heaven

Jul 25, 2011 3:32 | 0 replies

Lol o sele wena hahahahaha so you say i will never ever see one up the mountaing hahahahahaaha

Jul 25, 2011 3:31 | 0 replies

Just how bad did they want this poor man dead mara?

Jul 25, 2011 3:9 | 0 replies

You are right TKay, in other morgues if you wake up there they finish you off.

Jul 25, 2011 3:3 | 0 replies