by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Just imagine that you are an attendant in a morgue. A family has a loved one brought in that they are certain has just died. You and your team lay the body on ice for burial preparation. Everyone goes about their day working, when about 24 hours later the “dead” man opens his eyes, begins to scream, demands to be let out, and sends you and your colleagues running. Well, the employees at a morgue in South Africa’s Libode village were not imagining.
GAWKER reports, “A South African man spent about 24 hours in a morgue this weekend…Apparently the man’s family couldn’t wake him up one morning, and assuming (incorrectly) that he was dead called a private morgue to take care of the body. The morgue, assuming the family could tell a dead body from a live one, put him on ice.” A health spokesperson for Eastern Cape by the name of Sizwe Kupelo said, “The man woke up at 1700 local time (1500 GMT) on Sunday, demanding to be let out of the chilly morgue in Libode village, frightening the attendants on duty.” International Business Times reports that “the mortuary staff heard the man screaming…..Thinking they were hearing a ghost, staff ran out of the room and fled the mortuary.”
Staff called for an ambulance. It was concluded by doctors that the man, whose name has not been released, was simply dehydrated. He was treated and released from the hospital on Monday. Kupelo made sure to add that South Africa should learn a lesson. He said, “We need to [get] the message across to all South Africans that it is very wrong for them to conclude on their own that a person has died.”
Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.