‘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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  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Dead Men don’t Wake Up!

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Dead Men don’t Wake Up!

    • Ducttapechik

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

  • PlanetMOron

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

  • PlanetMOron

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

  • Earaches

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

  • Earaches

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

    • PlanetMOron

      indeed lol

  • PlanetMOron

    indeed lol

  • Marina Pearl

    This is exactly why i could never work in a morgue

  • Marina Pearl

    This is exactly why i could never work in a morgue

  • Ducttapechik

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

  • Bloodsexandviolence

    serpent and the rainbow

  • Bloodsexandviolence

    serpent and the rainbow