A two-year-old Brazilian boy doctors had declared dead after suffering "cardiorespiratory failure" in a case of pneumonia, sat up in his coffin at his funeral, asked for water, then "laid back down dead again."
Daily Mail reports that according to the Brazilian website ORM, Kelvin Santos apparently died after he stopped breathing during treatment for pneumonia at a hospital in Belem, northern Brazil. Doctors declared him dead at 7.40 p.m. on Friday. His body was then handed over to his family in a plastic bag.
Kelvin's mourning parents took the body home where they held a wake through the night with family members and friends, and with the boy's body placed in an open coffin. According to The Sun, about an hour before the boy's funeral on Saturday, the boy reportedly sat up in his coffin and said, "Daddy, can I have some water?"
According Daily Mail, 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 laid back down, the way he was. We couldn't wake him. He was dead again."
ORM reports that the family rushed the boy back to the Aberlardo Santos hospital in Belem where the doctors, after examining him, assured his family that he "really was dead."
Mr. Santos said: "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 play safe by delaying his burial. But the boy was finally buried at about 5 p.m. in a local cemetery.
Mr. Santos is convinced that his son was the victim of incompetent doctors and he has registered a complaint with the police, Daily Mail reports.
The police have launched investigation into the case.
Mr.Santos said: "Fifteen minutes after rushing him away for resuscitation, they came and told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn't examine him properly. Dead people don't just wake up and talk. I'm determined to find out the truth."
The local state department confirmed that Kelvin was admitted to the hospital in "critical condition" and was declared dead after suffering "cardiorespiratory failure."