Man Wakes At Funeral: Brighton Dama Zanthe Comes To Life In Front of Mourners
Mourners at a funeral in Zimbabwe were astonished when the man in the coffin woke up, the Zimbabwe Herald reported today.
The body of Brighton Dama Zanthe, 34, lay in a coffin last Tuesday after apparently dying from a protracted illness. As friends and relatives said their final goodbyes to Zanthe, one mourner noticed the dead man moving.
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"This shocked me. I was the first to notice Mr. Zanthe's moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. At first I could not believe my eyes but later realised that there was indeed some movements on the body as other mourners retreated in disbelief," said Lot Gaka, who operates a bus company for which Zanthe worked.
Once they realized Zanthe was alive, his family pulled blankets off him and tried to revive him. Said one unnamed witness, "We then called an ambulance which came within seven minutes. It's really a miracle and most people are still in disbelief."
The Herald reported that Zanthe spent two days in the Gweru Provincial Hospital following his "funeral."
Once released, Zanthe said he had little memory of what happened.
"This issue can be best told by people who came to my house to attend my funeral," he said. "I don't know what happened and I only remember being on a life support system in hospital."
Such "rising from the dead" stories are reported from time to time.
Last year, in Brazil, a 2-year-old who was pronounced dead sat up in his coffin during his funeral. After asking his father for a drink of water, he lay back down in the coffin again, before being pronounced dead for a second and final time.
Also in 2012, Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, 28, in Naga al-Simman, Egypt, was being prepared for burial after suffering from a heart attack. When a strange "warmth" was found coming off of his body, he was pronounced not so dead after all. His mother fainted, and when she awoke, the funeral turned into a party.
As Brighton Dama Zanthe, he recalled his back-from-the dead episode by saying "Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel OK now."
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