Man ‘Wakes Up’ In The Middle Of His Open Casket Funeral, Shocking Mourners

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In the 18th century, the safety casket was crafted to protect people from a premature death. The coffin came complete with a bell, which was stationed above ground and tied to a string that was accessible to the ‘corpse’, so that should they not be dead they could call for assistance.

As modern medicine has advanced, the safety casket has lost favor, as people place their confidence in medical professionals. However, despite highly technical equipment and a plethora of drugs, doctors can still get it wrong.

This week, a young Peruvian man is claimed to have ‘awoken’ at his funeral in front of horrified mourners. Watson Franklin Mandujano Doroteo, from Tingo Maria, had been pronounced dead by doctors after suffering with a fever following a 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 Argentine newspaper, Los Andes, the doctor arrived and confirmed that Doroteo was showing vital signs. Immediately he was removed from the coffin and taken to the hospital, where it was confirmed that he was truly dead.

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.

Alarmingly, there have been many stories of falsely recorded deaths in modern times.


In 2014, Walter Williams was discovered alive and (literally) kicking in a body bag. Williams had been pronounced dead of natural causes at his home in Mississippi, but the 79-year-old had plenty of life left in him. It wasn’t until his body was taken to the embalming room that mortuary workers noticed something was wrong. Williams went on to live another two weeks, before he was confirmed dead for a second time – this time for real.

That same year, a three-year-old Filipino girl reportedly awoke during her funeral. A doctor present confirmed that she was alive, after she stirred in her open casket. Her family cancelled her funeral and took her home. However, her mother later said that she had been dead all along and that the family had been misled by a quack doctor.

The most haunting case of all is that of 33-year-old Carlos Camejo from Venezuela who awoke during his autopsy in 2007. Camejo had been deemed deceased by doctors after being involved in a car accident. However, that wasn’t the case as he later awoke as medical examiners cut into his face.

Camejo recalls that “the pain was unbearable”. Luckily, the examiners realized that something was wrong when Camejo began to bleed and quickly restitched him. To add to the turmoil, his wife arrived at the mortuary to identify her husbands body, only to find him waiting for her in the corridor – alive!

But it isn’t just humans that are falsely presumed dead. Animals are also victim of the mistake. Watch as a man brings a tiny puppy back to life:

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