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July 27, 2011

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dearly departed one?

by Andrea O'Connell

I’m going to tell you a story that you’re likely to not forget!

The story, written by Nastasya Tay, and published by the Associated Press, tells an eerie tale about a South African man who was thought to be as dead as dead can be, but was, in fact, very much alive!

The man, believed to be deceased, was carted off to the morgue, placed in a freezer only to wake up 21 hours later.  (It’s a wonder he didn’t die again from the smell.)

The story goes like this…. The “man” (he is not named in the article), after having suffered an asthma attack, for all intents and purposes, had died.

The family hired a morgue who came to take the poor man away.  The family set about to, sadly, prepare for all the things one most do when a loved one departs.  You see, the family had every reason to believe the man had died.

So, the morgue “driver” aka body-checker (slash) picker-up-of-bodies, came to the home to cart the newly departed one to his temporary resting place, in the morgue fridge.  But before the man could take that final ride to the morgue, the body-checker (slash) picker-up-of-bodies, checked to be sure the man was indeed no longer among the living.

Yes.  Dead he was, thought the body-checker (slash) picker-up-of-bodies.

Satisfied that his charge met the qualifications of being dead, the man was brought from his home to the morgue.

Fast forward 21 hours.

It was the next day when, at the home of the dearly departed, the loving family was making the sad funeral arrangements.  At the same time, however, at the morgue, the dearly departed was waking up and yelling up a storm.

Imagine how those morgue employees reacted?!

The morgue workers, wishing they had Ghostbusters on speed-dial, notified morgue owner, Ayanda Maqolo, of the situation.

Maqola, sensitive about saving face, put up a brave front for the morgue employees, snapped into action.

Later, Moqolo admitted, “I was also scared. But they are my employees and I had to show them I wasn’t scared, so I called the police.”

The brave police were not deterred, but Moqolo was grateful the police drew their guns.

And then, with the morgue workers and Moqolo in tow, the police entered the morgue with guns drawn, ready to face the ghost.

Moqolo said, “I was glad they had their firearms, in case something wanted to fight with us.”

Now, this accidental, less than merry, band of Ghostbusters threw caution to the wind, and faced the cries of “help me” from behind the freezer door of the morgue.   (Surely, it was the bravest of officers who opened the freezer door that night.)

Then, when at last the freezer door was opened, the man, looking as pale as a ghost, understandably asked, “How did I get here?”

It’s unknown what was said to the man in reply to the “How did I get here” question.  Perhaps they said, in unison, “Uh.  You. Were. Dead.”

Probably they were at a loss for words.

Later, Moqolo said, “I couldn’t sleep last night, I had nightmares.  But today I’m much better.”

Read the original article here.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 28 2011

    It’s been a good day. Perfect way to end the night, with a good story and a happy ending. ~smile

    Reply
  2. Jul 28 2011

    Aaaccckkk! My biggest fear-being buried alive! 😯

    had i been one of the cops I probably would have killed the man out of fright!

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  3. Jul 28 2011

    Andrea, (wanted to email you, but don’t see the link to email you!) Ebay just sold a rubber mask of CA for almost $1mil. Pretty scarey, this & it!

    Reply

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