Man 'wakes from dead' when his leg is sliced open for embalming in morgue
27th November 2020

A Kenyan man who was declared dead by doctors woke up three hours later while workers prepared his body in a morgue.

Local media reported how Peter Kigen, 32, was presumed dead on Tuesday after he collapsed at home.

He was rushed to Kapkatet Hospital in Kericho county by his family after suffering from a stomach ailment.

His younger brother told the Standard newspaper a nurse announced the patient had died before they arrived at the casualty department.

Denis Langat, Mr Kigen’s uncle, told local channel Citizen TV how staff apparently ‘casually checked’ on the patient before pronouncing him ‘dead’.

Mr Kigen was immediately transferred to the hospital mortuary where he was prepared to be embalmed by morgue attendants.

As part of the process of preserving the body, one of the workers reportedly made an incision on the man’s right leg to infuse chemicals.

But Mr Kigen suddenly regained consciousness and began to wail in pain.

The staff ran away as they thought the ‘dead’ man had ‘been resurrected’.

He was then brought back to the hospital’s casualty department and received first aid for his injury.

While being treated at the ward, Mr Kigen told journalists that he was ‘happy to be alive’ and vowed to ‘dedicate his life to evangelism’.

His family is now accusing the local hospital of negligence. 

But local media reported hospital officials and the county’s health department have not yet commented on the matter.

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