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S.African 'corpse' wakes up, scares off morgue staff: report

CAPE TOWN, July 24, 2011 (AFP) - A 50-year-old South African man thought to be dead woke up in a chilly morgue on Sunday and shouted to be let out, scaring off two attendants who thought he was a ghost, local media reported.

"His family thought he had died," health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told the Sapa news agency.

"The family called a private undertaker who took what they thought was a dead body to the morgue, but the man woke up inside the morgue on Sunday at 5:00 pm and screamed, demanding to be taken out of the cold place."

This caused two mortuary attendants on duty to flee the building in the small town of Libode in the rural Eastern Cape as they thought it was a ghost.

After calling for help and returning to find the man alive, an ambulance was sent to fetch the man who had "been exposed to extreme cold for nearly 24 hours" said Kupelo.

He said the public should not assume that a sick person had died and contact a mortuary, the report said.

"Doctors, emergency workers and the police are the only people who have a right to examine the patients and determine if they are dead or not."

 

 

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다시 살아난 시체? 깨어나보니 영안실

남아공의 한 중년남성이 영안실에서 일어나 현장에 있던 직원들은 귀신인 줄 아는 소동이 일어났다고 현지 언론이 보도했다.

이 남성의 가족은 그가 사망한 줄 알고 장의사를 불러 영안실에 안치 시켰지만, 일요일 오후 5시에 일어나 자신을 이 차갑고 어두운 곳에서 꺼내달라며 호소했다고 말했다.

지키고 있던 직원 2명은 귀신이 나타났다고 생각해 그곳을 피해 도망쳤다. 그 동안 이 남자가 살아있었다는 것을 파악하고 약 24시간 동안 추위에 갇혀있었던 남자를 위해 빨리 구급차를 불렀다고 전했다.

이 남자는 사람이 병을 앓고 있다고 해서 죽었다고 섣불리 판단하면 안 된다고 하며, 사망 여부는 의사 또는 경찰이 판단해야 한다고 말했다.

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