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Brazilian man declared dead wakes up two hours later in body bag
The grieving family of a 54-year-old man declared dead by Brazilian doctors got the shock of a lifetime when they say his body bag started "wriggling."
Valdelucio Goncalves already had his wrists and ankles bound and nose and ears stuffed with cotton when he woke inside a morgue on Sunday at the Menandro de Farias General Hospital in Salvador, said his family.
The stubborn man had only hours before suffered two heart attacks while battling advanced-stage cancer in the hospital.
"Really I thought he was dead, he looked yellow and had no vital signs," Goncalves' cousin Eduardo Valadares told Brazil's G1 website.
It was while Valaderes and his uncle had stopping by with a change of clothes for his funeral that they say the plastic bag he was zipped up inside started moving.
"As I got closer I could see it wriggling. Then I saw it raising and falling as if he was breathing," he told G1.
"I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, the nurse, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive," he said.
While later recovering in his hospital room but unable to speak because of a tracheotomy, Goncalves' scribbled out exactly what he claims to have experienced.
"I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so big that I was able to heal myself," he wrote. "Before Saint Irma Dulce (a Brazilian Catholic Sister), I said: I asked her to grant just one more miracle for me and she listened. I'm just so grateful to the medical staff and my Irma Dulce. Because of everything and for everyone, I'm thankful. I saw my mother saying, 'Son, stay close with her and you will be saved.'"
His mother died 18 years before.
His niece Patricia Cintra expressed her own surprise of his apparent resurrection, revealing that they had already started making the funeral arrangements.
"We'd paid for his death notice in a newspaper, bought the coffin and booked his funeral," she told London's Mirror.
The state's health department of Bahia said they have opened an inquiry into how the hospital's staff could have declared him dead