In an event that left mourners shocked, a young Peruvian man is said to have ‘awoken’ at his funeral in front of horrified friends and family.
Watson Franklin Mandujano Doroteo, 24, from Tingo Maria, had been pronounced dead by doctors after suffering from a fever following a routine root canal operation on October 21.
His heartbroken family laid their son to rest in an open casket funeral a few days later, only to see him breathing. Distressed relatives watched as his rib-cage continued to rise and fall, despite being pronounced dead. Upon witnessing the apparent signs of life, they immediately called a doctor.
According to the Argentine newspaper, Los Andes, the doctor arrived and confirmed that Doroteo was showing vital signs. He was immediately removed from the coffin and taken to the hospital, where he died later.
Doroteo’s family are convinced that he was not dead but actually sedated as a result of the drugs he had been given during his dental operation. “They gave him diazepam”, explained one family member. Diazepam, also known as Valium, is a calming drug which makes the recipient sleepy. In very rare cases, the drug can decrease the patient’s breathing.
Authorities are investigating the case.