Witnesses say boy declared dead temporarily awoke before dying again

Family claims dead boy sat up during funeral

A Brazilian father claims his two-year-old son, who had been pronounced dead, sat up during his funeral and asked for water.

Kelvin Santos stopped breathing while being treated for pneumonia at the Aberlardo Santos Hospital in Belem, northern Brazil on June 1, OPOVO reports.

He was declared dead at 7.40pm on Friday and his body was handed over to his family who held a wake throughout the night with Kelvin’s body displayed in an open casket.

On Saturday, an hour before he was due to be buried, witnesses claim the boy sat up in his coffin and said to his father Antonio, “Daddy, can I have some water?”

“Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn’t wake him. He was dead again,” Mr Santos said.


Source: Daily Mail

I’m not sure what to think of this story. It’s pretty horrible and sad. Could this happen? I suppose. There have been other stories but they are from a time gone by where medical science was not so advanced or from countries where health care and customs are different than modern countries. There seems to be no evidence beyond the eyewitness reports that may have been only a few people (can’t tell) so, we can’t know more on this case.

  4 comments for “Witnesses say boy declared dead temporarily awoke before dying again

  1. Massachusetts
    June 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    It’s possible, if the person isn’t embalmed and the medical technology used to determine death isn’t very sophisticated (or perhaps the medical personal aren’t very competent.) Brazil is probably a very modern place with well equipped hospitals in the big cities, but perhaps not so up to date in the further reaches of the country? I’m not sure how Belem fits in to that continuum.

  2. Massachusetts
    June 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    According to Wikipedia, it’s fairly sizable, with a population of 2.1 million people (the 11th largest city in Brazil.) It’s the gateway to the amazon with a very large port. I would think they’d have decent medical technology, but mistakes to happen.

  3. June 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    If this is true, it is horribly sad.

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