Zimbabwe man Brighton Dama Zanthe awoke in a coffin surrounded by mourners, after his wife announced a few days earlier that he was dead.
Zanthe had been unwell for some time and had taken extensive time off work. Fellow employees were aware of his critical condition and many visited him at home.
After he was pronounced dead, mourners stood in line to view Zanthe’s body at a viewing ceremony, before he was moved to a local mortuary. Lot Gaka, owner of a local bus company and Zanthe’s boss, was standing at the front of the line when he saw Zanthe move his legs.
Witnesses said viewers scattered in shock at the sight of Zanthe’s animated body.
“At first I could not believe my eyes,” Gaka said, “but later realized that there was indeed some movements on the body as other mourners retreated in disbelief.”
After the shock passed, mourners began to remove blankets from Zanthe’s body and called an ambulance. He was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital where he spent two days on life support and was released last Thursday.
Zanthe woke up in the hospital, and only recalled being on life support.
“Everything is history to me.” Zanthe said, “What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel okay now.”
The hospital is apparently at ease handling unusual cases, after a nurse collapsed and fainted one morning, claiming she saw a witch sucking blood from a patient during routine checks.