A man pronounced dead by medics awoke hours later when a mortuary worker cut his leg as they were getting ready to embalm him.
Peter Kigen, who suffers from a chronic illness, collapsed in his home in Kenya and was rushed to Kapkatet Hospital in Kericho province, where he was pronounced dead on arrival on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old was transferred to the morgue where he suddenly woke up wailing in pain when workers made an incision in his right leg three hours later.
Said Mr. Kigen’s younger brother Standard newspaper that a nurse had told him that the patient had died before arriving at the hospital.
Denis Langat, Mr. Kigen’s uncle, told the local channel Citizen TV that hospital staff had “casually” checked his cousin before pronouncing him dead.
He was immediately transferred to the hospital morgue, where he was prepared to be embalmed by the mortuary staff.
One of the workers is said to have made an incision in Mr. Kigen’s right leg to administer formalin as part of the body preservation process when he suddenly regained consciousness and began to cry in pain.
Shocked staff initially fled thinking he had been ‘raised up’ before being returned to the hospital emergency room and receiving emergency care.
Mr. Kigen said from his hospital bed that he was “glad to be alive and pledged to” devote his life to evangelism. “
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He said, “I can’t believe what just happened. How did they determine that I was dead?
“I didn’t even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life. “
His family has accused their local hospital of negligence.
Local media reports that hospital officials and the county’s health department have yet to comment on the matter.