‘Dead Man’ Wakes Up Inside South African Morgue

DeadmanReports BBC News:

A 50-year-old South African man woke up inside a mortuary over the weekend and screamed to be let out — scaring away attendants who thought he was a ghost. His family presumed he was dead when they could not wake him on Saturday night and contacted a private morgue in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.

He spent almost 24 hours inside the morgue, the region’s health department spokesman told the Sapa news agency. The two attendants later returned and called for an ambulance.

The man — whose identity has been withheld — was treated in hospital for dehydration. “Doctors put him under observation and concluded he was stable,” Eastern Cape health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said. “He did not need further treatment.”

Mr Kupelo said the man woke up at 1700 local time (1500 GMT) on Sunday, demanding to be let out of the chilly morgue in Libode village, frightening the attendants on duty. “At first the men ran for their lives,” said Mr Kupelo.

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14 Responses to ‘Dead Man’ Wakes Up Inside South African Morgue

  1. jasonpaulhayes July 27, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Dead Men don’t Wake Up!

  2. jasonpaulhayes July 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Dead Men don’t Wake Up!

    • Ducttapechik July 27, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      Living men who happen to seem dead do wake up, though.

  3. PlanetMOron July 27, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    I just don’t understand he had a pulse and he had shallow respirations but he was dead!!!

  4. PlanetMOron July 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    I just don’t understand he had a pulse and he had shallow respirations but he was dead!!!

  5. Earaches July 27, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Good thing he didn’t have one of those mushroom suits on…

  6. Earaches July 27, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    Good thing he didn’t have one of those mushroom suits on…

    • PlanetMOron July 27, 2011 at 12:41 am #

      indeed lol

  7. PlanetMOron July 27, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    indeed lol

  8. Marina Pearl July 27, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    This is exactly why i could never work in a morgue

  9. Marina Pearl July 27, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    This is exactly why i could never work in a morgue

  10. Ducttapechik July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Living men who happen to seem dead do wake up, though.

  11. Bloodsexandviolence July 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    serpent and the rainbow

  12. Bloodsexandviolence July 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    serpent and the rainbow

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