A man was found alive in his body bag after he pronounced dead just two hours earlier. As reported by Brazil’s G1, a 54-year-old Brazilian man — Valdelucio Goncalves — was discovered alive in a body bag by his brother before his burial in Salvador. It was believed that he died from “respiratory and multiple organ failure.”
Goncalves thanks a Brazilian saint for the miracle of bringing him back to life.
Christian Post translates the report from G1, with Goncalves writing this to the news source:
“I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured. Before Irma Dulce [a saint credited with miraculous powers in Brazil], I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son hold onto her, and you will be saved.”
Doctors pronounced Goncalves dead a little after 11:00 pm on Saturday evening. His family took him to the hospital because he had difficulty in breathing. They weren’t expecting him to die suddenly, as medics declared.
Goncalves niece, Patricia Cintra, says:
“We were worried about him and thought he’d be better off in [the] hospital, that they’d take better care of him than we could at home. It was a shock to all of us when they called to tell us he’d passed away. But we started making the funeral arrangements. By Sunday morning everything was sorted. We’d paid for his death notice in a newspaper, bought the coffin, and booked his funeral. His feet had already been tied together and his nose and ears stuffed with cotton wool.”
It was the man’s brother, Walterio, who found him alive in the body bag. He went into the morgue to dress him for his burial and got the shock of his life!
“We had already made all the arrangements for my brother’s funeral. ll I needed to do was put some new clothes on him, so he’d be ready for the undertaker to come and collect him. Workers at the morgue let me in, and showed me where he was lying, in a zipped-up body bag. But as I got closer, I could see it wriggling. Then I saw it raising and falling as if he was breathing. I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, the nurse, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive.”
Goncalves was immediately taken to Intensive Care at the hospital, but family insisted he be transferred to another hospital, which was Santo Antonio in Salvador. He’s reportedly doing well and an investigation is being launched at Meandro de Faria General Hospital, where the man was still alive in the body bag.
[Image via G1]