The man at the morgue
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'Dead' man awakes in South African morgue

A 50-year-old South African man woke up inside a mortuary over the weekend and screamed to be let out - scaring away attendants who thought he was a ghost.

His family presumed he was dead when they could not wake him on Saturday night and contacted a private morgue in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.

Officials have urged the public to contact doctors or the emergency services so they can they can pronounce someone dead before calling an undertaker.

The man who has not been named, was filmed being escorted out of the mortuary in what appeared to be pyjamas.

Jack Bloom, spokesman for the Democratic Alliance's provincial health department, said "it's appalling that it has happened".

  • 27 Jul 2011
  • From the section Africa
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