Man declared dead comes back to life at his own funeral


Typically, when you’re dead, you’re dead.

But one man in India did, seemingly, come back to life – at his own funeral.

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Man declared dead found alive at his own funeral. Picture by Pavel Chagoshkin / Shutterstock

Ghosts and zombies are as far as we know the reserve of horror films and nightmares. Cryonics is still but a science fiction fantasy. But… Wait! What happened here please!?!

A 20-year-old man was declared dead by medics on Monday after arriving at the hospital unconscious following an accident on June 21. He was sent home in an ambulance to be buried by his friends and family. Only, when his body was taken out of the ambulance, it showed signs of breathing and of movement – signs that he was alive.

If we want to be technical about it, Mohammad Furqan was never really dead in the first place. Still, for his mourners, it must have felt like a miracle.

The sinister turn

Mohd Irfan, Furqan’s older brother, told reporters Furquan had been placed on a ventilator after the accident and was receiving treatment at a private hospital. Then, when the family told medics they had no more money to pay for Furqan’s medical bills, they told his relatives he had died.

The hospital put him on a ventilator and started charging us huge fees. When we informed the hospital that we had run out of money, they declared Furqan dead. When we took the body home, a family member noticed that he was breathing. Others standing there also saw limb movement. We rushed him to RML hospital immediately where doctors put him on oxygen support,” he said.

As of Tuesday, Furqan is receiving hospital care though he remains in a critical condition.

The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has a pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working. He has been put on ventilator support,” said Ashok Nirala, the doctor treating Furqan.

Meanwhile, the incident is being investigated.

Not the first time

Believe it or not, this is not the first time someone has lived through their funeral.

Take Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, a 49-year-old Russian woman who had – apparently – died of a heart attack in 2011, for example. She awoke at her own funeral, screaming in her open coffin, but died after just 12 minutes in intensive care.

Other seemingly-dead people have “resurrected” at the morgue and at the hospital, while awaiting autopsy.

I am just asking me how such instances still can happen with our modern technology and healthcare practices. That’s really incredible!

[Times of India, IFLS]

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