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Man Wakes After 21 Hours in Morgue Fridge
July 26, 2011 at 7:13 AM

South African Man Wakes After 21 Hours in Morgue Fridge


Published July 25, 2011

| Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - A South African health official says a man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge -- nearly a day after his family thought he had died.

Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said Monday that the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after an asthma attack.

Kupelo says the man started yelling, prompting morgue workers to run away in fear. They eventually returned and removed him from the fridge. He was then taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.

The mortuary owner says his family is very happy to have him home.

Kupelo urged South Africans to call on health officials to confirm that their relatives are really dead.

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  • johnny4ever
    July 26, 2011 at 7:18 AM


  • TruthSeeker.
    July 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Quoting johnny4ever:


  • CoolMommyofboys
    July 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM


    I know it's stupid but I've had a fear of being buried alive

  • lovinangels
    July 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    oh my heavens, how awful!

  • Strega
    by Strega
    July 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
  • theperfectstorm
    July 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    =O   Sounds like a Steven King story I just read!

  • MistyT74
    July 26, 2011 at 2:19 PM

     I'm with the morgue like the wind....that would have scared me to death, would have given me a heartattack....this is a crazy story!!! 

  • Courtney610
    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    OMG!  Wow.... I just don't even know what to say to that!

  • Peanutx3
    July 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Wow! Scary.

  • usmclife58
    July 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    That is scary

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