'Dead' man comes back to life screaming as morgue staff prepare to drain blood and embalm him
A MAN who was presumed dead at a hospital in Kenya screamed as he "came back to life" after mortuary staff sliced his leg to start embalming him, according to reports.
Peter Kigen, 32, regained consciousness in a hospital mortuary four hours after he was presumed dead, according to Kenyan newspaper The Standard.
Kigen, from the village of Kibwastuiyo in Bureti, collapsed at home with a "stomach ailment" before his family took him to hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Kevin Kipkurui, Kigen's brother, claims a nurse told him that Kigen had died "long before" he arrived at Kapkatet Hospital.
"The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue," he told The Standard newspaper.
But four hours later, while mortuary staff were preparing to drain the blood of Kigen's body and start the embalming process, they reportedly realised he was alive.
Kigen's uncle, Denis Langat, claims his nephew regained consciousness and "wailed in pain" after the mortuary staff made an incision in his leg to start the embalming process, Citizen TV reports.
Kipkuriu said: "The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked.
"We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary."
The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked."
Kigen, who reportedly suffers from chronic illness, spoke to reporters from his hospital bed about the bizarre incident on Wednesday.
He said: "I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?
"I did not 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."
But the hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot claimed Kigen's relatives "did not even wait for certification of death" and assumed he was dead.
Dr Cheruiyot said: "They moved him to the mortuary, on their own."
He said doctors had been busy attending to critically ill patients.
"They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary," he said.
"It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life.
"The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days."
Dr Cheruiyot reportedly urged relatives to follow the regulations set out by the hospital.
"Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician," he said.
"In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move."
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