This is the remarkable moment a little girl believed to be dead “awoke” at her own funeral.
The three-year-old is seen being gently lifted from her coffin while a commotion builds up around her in the church in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippines.
Auora police chief Heidill Teelan confirmed the incident to the Philippine Star newspaper.
The little girl was spotted moving by someone who went to examine the supposed remains
Teelan said the girl had been taken to hospital with a high fever on Friday night.
He added: “During that time, the attending personnel and physician confirmed that the young patient had no more pulse and was clinically dead last Saturday morning about 9am.”
It as during her funeral the day after when a neighbour noticed the little girl stirring as he went to check on her supposed remains.
There have been several other incidences of apparently dead bodies spring back to life.
In May last year guests at a funeral in Zimbabwe were caught by surprise when 34-year-old Brighton Dama Zanthe sat up in his own coffin.
"I was the first to notice Mr. Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. At first I could not believe my eyes but later realized that there was indeed some movements on the body as other mourners retreated in disbelief," Lot Gaka, one of the mourners and Zanthe's employer, told The Herald.
Fortunately, Zanthe woke up just in time; his body was set to be transported to a funeral parlor later that day. After Zanthe "resurrected" he was taken to a local hospital, where he remained on life support for two days before eventually being released.
Bodies springing back to life is, perhaps surprisingly, not an uncommon occurrence in Zimbabwe. Earlier this year, a woman, who was believed to have collapsed and died during sex, woke up screaming after she was placed into a coffin.
In another "resurrection" in 2012, a Zimbabwe woman, suspected of being possessed, was rushed to a hospital after she stabbed herself and was allegedly declared dead, the Chronicle reports. However, she did not stay "dead" for long, as she "rose" shortly after.
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