A man pronounced dead by medics woke hours later when a morgue worker cut his leg while they were preparing to embalm him.
Peter Kigen, who suffers from a chronic illness, collapsed at his home in Kenya and was taken to Kapkatet Hospital in Kericho County, where he was pronounced dead on arrival Tuesday.
The 32-year-old was taken to the morgue where he suddenly woke up and howled in pain when workers cut his right leg three hours later.
Mr Kigen’s younger brother told the story Standard newspaper that a nurse had told him the patient had died before arriving at the hospital.
Denis Langat, Mr Kigen’s uncle, told the local broadcaster Citizen TV Hospital staff reportedly “casually checked” his nephew before he was pronounced dead.
He was immediately taken to the hospital morgue, where he was prepared to be embalmed by morgue attendants.
One of the workers reportedly made an incision on Mr. Kigen’s right leg to infuse formalin as part of the body preservation process when he suddenly regained consciousness and began to cry in pain.
Shocked staff initially fled believing he was “resurrected” before being taken back to the hospital’s accident department and receiving first aid.
From his hospital bed, Mr. Kigen said he was “happy to be alive and vowed to” devote his life to evangelism “.
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He said, “I can’t believe what just happened. How did you find out that I was dead?
“I didn’t even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God He spared 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 health department had not yet commented on the matter.