After being stung Jozef Guzy collapsed and his wife called for an ambulance. It was suspected the 76-year-old man had a heart attack. After a doctor declared that he was dead three hours later an undertaker came and took him away.
Jerzy Wisniewski a spokesman for Regional Ambulance Service in Katowice said, "Josef had gone to the barn where he keeps his beloved bees when he collapsed and fell to the ground. There were no signs of life when his wife called the ambulance. An experienced doctor with a specialist qualification in resuscitation found that the patient was not breathing, there was no heartbeat and the body had cooled — all the characteristics of death.”
by Mail Online, Guzy's wife, Ludmila, said, "I could not believe it when they said he was dead. The doctor put a white sheet over him and three hours later local undertakers pulled up."
Darius Wysluchato was about to close the lid on the coffin when Mrs. Guzy asked him to take off her husband's necklace as she wanted to keep it.
Wysluchato said, "I happened to touch the artery in the neck and was totally shocked. I checked it again and shouted, ‘There is a pulse.’ My assistant checked as well. I leant in close and I could tell that he was still breathing. My God, it was a miracle.”
The same ambulance was called to take him back to the hospital where the doctor who had declared him dead applied an electrocardiac monitor. It recorded a pulse of 20 to 30 beats a minute which is around a third of normal strength.
Guzy was rushed to intensive care and was released several weeks later and went back to tending his bees.
Wysluchato said, “Thank God I did not close the coffin. If I had done that it would have been a tragedy. Something touched me to touch his neck. I am so pleased that Josef is alive and I wish him luck. To come back after lying in your coffin is really a miracle.”
Guzy said, “The undertaker saved my life. I am so grateful. The first thing I did when I got out of hospital was take him a pot of honey."