In a case that seems almost too incredible to be true, a two-year-old boy sat up in his coffin and asked for water before laying back down again - lifeless.
Kelvin Santos, 2, stopped breathing during treatment for pneumonia at a hospital in Belem, northern Brazil.
He was pronounced dead at 7:40pm on Friday and his body was handed over to his family in a plastic bag.
An hour before his funeral was due to take place on Saturday, the boy apparently sat up in his coffin and said; "Daddy, can I have some water?"
The boy's father, Antonio Santos, said:
"Everybody started to scream, we couldn't believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life. Then Kelvin just lay back down, the way he was. We couldn't wake him. He was dead again.”
Santos then rushed his son back to the Aberlardo Santos hospital in Belem, where the doctors reexamined the boy and confirmed that he had no signs of life.
“'They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard.”
The boy's family decided to delay the funeral for an hour in the hope that he would wake up again, but ended up burying him at 5pm that day in a local cemetery.
Convinced that his son was a victim of medical malpractice, Mr. Santos has now registered a complaint with the police, who have launched an investigation.
The local state department today confirmed the boy had been admitted to hospital in critical condition and was declared dead after suffering cardiac-respiratory failure.
First zombies, now people are rising from the dead. In the immortal words of Kanye West: “That sh*t cray.”