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Man revives after 12 hours in morgue

July 14, 1997

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A man who was pronounced dead regained consciousness after spending 12 hours in a morgue refrigerator and began shouting for help, a newspaper reported Monday.

Upon discovering the man alive, a paramedic collapsed in shock and died, the daily Al-Akhbar said.

It was the cold of the refrigerator that revived Abdel-Sattar Abdel-Salam Badawi inside the coffin where he was placed after being declared dead in a hospital in Menoufia, 65 miles northwest of Cairo.

``I opened my eyes but couldn’t see anything, I moved my hands and pushed the coffin’s lid to find myself among the dead,″ the newspaper quoted Badawi as saying.

Badawi shouted in vain for help, the report said. Eventually, three hospital aides who had come to remove Badawi’s body found him alive.

``One of the employees ... fell dead,″ Badawi told Al-Akhbar.

The newspaper did not identify the hospital or say when the incident occurred. It said Badawi had been hospitalized with chronic liver disease.

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