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SIX DEAD PEOPLE Who Came Back to LIFE at Their OWN Funerals

Awakening from the Beyond: Exploring the Lazarus Syndrome and Beyond

By Ayanronbi FaithPublished 29 days ago 4 min read

One of the biggest mysteries in life is what happens after we die. Some people believe in reincarnation, others think we go to heaven or hell, and some believe we just cease to exist. But one thing most of us agree on is that when someone dies, they usually don't come back. I say "usually" because I don't want to upset any vampires, zombies, or ghosts out there. Sometimes, though, people do come back from the dead without needing to eat brains or sparkle in the sun. Here are some amazing stories of people who were thought to be dead but miraculously came back to life.

Number one, the Brazilian boy. This story is simply heartbreaking. According to the Brazilian TV network SBT, 2-year-old Kelvin Santos was in a hospital in the northern Brazilian city of Belém, suffering from complications due to pneumonia. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. on a Friday. His devastated family received his body and held an open-casket wake for him later that night. Those attending the wake were stunned when the boy began to stir and move inside the casket. Just before his funeral was set to begin, Kelvin sat up and asked his dad for some water. His father, Antonio Santos, recalled, "Everybody started to scream. We couldn't believe our eyes. We thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life." But then, Kelvin laid back down and became unresponsive again. Despite their efforts, they couldn't wake him—he was dead once more. Rushed back to the hospital, Kelvin was pronounced dead a second time, and this time, he did not wake up again.

Number two, the Chinese woman who came back to life and cooked herself a meal. Ninety-five-year-old Li Xiufeng was found on the ground in her home by a neighbor a couple of weeks after she had fallen and hit her head. The neighbor, Chen Qingwan, recalled, "She didn't get up, so I tried to wake her. No matter how hard I pushed or called her name, she didn't respond. I checked her breath, and she was gone, but her body was still warm. Since Li lived alone, Chen and her son took it upon themselves to prepare her funeral according to local customs, which meant laying her in a coffin for several days so family and friends could pay their respects. Luckily, they did this because the day before she was to be buried, they discovered the coffin was empty. Everyone panicked and started searching for her, only to find her in the kitchen cooking a meal. Li told the villagers, "I slept for a long time. When I woke up, I felt so hungry and wanted to cook something to eat." Unfortunately, according to local customs, all her possessions had been burned because everyone thought she was dead.

Number three, the waiter who woke up at his own funeral. Twenty-eight-year-old Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi from Egypt suffered a heart attack at work and was pronounced dead. Following Islamic tradition, his body was washed and prepared for burial. Just before he was to be lowered into the ground, a doctor arrived to sign his death certificate and noticed that Hamdi's body was still warm. Upon checking his vital signs, the doctor realized Hamdi was alive. The doctor revived him, and then had to revive Hamdi's mother, who fainted upon learning her son was still alive. Despite the initial shock, this turned out to be a miraculous and joyous moment.

Number four, woman has heart attack at her own funeral. This is quite ironic. Forty-nine-year-old Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov from Russia was declared dead after collapsing with chest pains. When she woke up, she wasn't in a hospital bed but in a coffin surrounded by friends and family paying their respects. Naturally, she freaked out, screamed, and passed out again. She was rushed to the hospital, where her husband said her eyes fluttered. Unfortunately, she only lived for another 12 minutes in intensive care before dying again, this time for good.

Number five, man scares his own mourners. In May 2013, 34-year-old Brighton Dama Zanthe from Zimbabwe died after a long illness. At his wake, as people were paying their respects, they noticed his body starting to move. Panic ensued as mourners thought Brighton had come back from the dead to haunt them, and they fled in fear. Once they realized he was actually alive, they took him to the hospital, where he was put on life support and eventually released.

Number six, grandma wakes up in the morgue. Though this person didn't make it to her funeral, she got very close. According to the Siberian Times, a grandmother was mistakenly declared dead and woke up in the morgue, much to everyone's shock.

There have been quite a few documented cases of people waking up from the dead, with at least 38 occurrences noted since 1982. This phenomenon is known as the Lazarus syndrome, named after the biblical Lazarus whom Jesus brought back to life. Doctors suggest it may be due to the pressure built up during CPR, but cases where CPR wasn't performed complicate this explanation. It's a mystery that might always elude our understanding, much like the mysteries of what happens after we die, as portrayed in anime like Yu Yu Hakusho and other stories where spirits linger due to unfinished business. Those who survive this syndrome are incredibly fortunate, considering the terrifying scenarios they could awaken to, like during an autopsy or in a casket—an experience akin to being buried alive, which is a universal fear. Adding to the intrigue, Saul Vasquez, a truck driver from Kentucky, captured a photo that appeared to show a soul leaving a crash victim's body, sparking further contemplation about life and death.

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