25 Dead People Who Came Back To Life

Posted by , Updated on July 25, 2017

Have you ever what happens when you die? Or what death feels like? Today we’re going to take a look at the stories of some people that could actually tell us the answer because they’ve been through it. Get ready because these are 25 Dead People Who Came Back To Life!

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Daphne Banks

morgueSource: independent.co.uk

In 1996, British woman Daphne Banks was declared dead, and her body was prepared for a post-mortem exam. It just so happened that one of her former friends who was on staff noticed a slight rise and fall in her chest. Upon closer examination, it was determined that Daphne was actually alive. She had just barely avoided being locked in the refrigerator!


Zack Clements

trackSource: cnn.com

Zack, an athletic Texas teen who collapsed after a run was eventually brought back to life by emergency workers. The most interesting part, however, is his description of being dead. He apparently reported having seen a big hairy man who told him everything would be ok.


Erica Nigrelli

birthSource: cbsnews.com

Erica was 36 weeks pregnant when she collapsed in the middle of teaching her English class. She was rushed to the hospital and doctors delivered her baby via c-section. Her husband was told that his wife had delivered their daughter post-mortem. However, to everyone’s surprise, Erica’s heart started beating again following the delivery! The whole family got to leave the hospital together.


Tony Yahle

heart rateSource: cbsnews.com

A resident of West Carrollton, Ohio, Tony didn’t have a heartbeat for 45 minutes when he came back to life. Dr. Raja Nazir, the cardiologist at the hospital, said he had never seen anything like it in 20 years.


Tony Cicoria

lightningSource: cnn.com

A surgeon in upstate New York, Tony died when he was struck by lightning. He was brought back, however, by medical personnel at the hospital. The most interesting part? He now has an “unusual affinity” for music. Although he previously had little interest in it, these days he spends lots of time composing and writing.


Rosa Celestrino de Assis

morgueSource: huffingtonpost.com

When Rosa was placed in the morgue, her daughter came to visit her. While she was giving her mother a last hug, she thought that her mom might still be alive. Although the staff thought she was joking, they checked her mother and…her daughter was right!


Carlos Camejo

car crashSource: reuters.com

At the age of 33, Carlos got in a car accident in Venezuela. When the examiners at the morgue were about to perform at autopsy though, the cut started bleeding. They promptly began to stitch it back up when Carlos awoke. His family arrived to identify his body and were overjoyed to find him alive.


Guo Liu

smokingSource: metro.co.uk

A big time smoker, family and friends weren’t surprised when Guo collapsed and was taken to the hospital. While they were getting ready to bury him though, they noticed some faint coughing sounds coming from inside the coffin. They opened it up…and there was Guo, tears in his eyes, but still alive!



hotelSource: cnn.com

When a prostitute in Bulowayo, Zimbabwe died while working, the authorities arrived on scene to remove the body. While she was being carried out of the hotel, she sprang up and yelled “You want to kill me!” Needless to say, people were very surprised. And yes, the resurrected prostitute’s name was really MaNdlo.


Kelvin Santos

waterSource: huffingtonpost.com

When 2-year-old Kelvin died of pneumonia in Brazil, the family held a wake. During the viewing, Kelvin apparently sat up, asked his dad for a drink of water, and lay back down again. The craziest part? He was pronounced dead again. Unfortunately, he didn’t revive a second time.


Brighton Dama Zanthe

ghostSource: telegraph.co.uk

After a long illness, Brighton died at home in Zimbabwe. During his viewing, however, his former boss noticed that he was moving. Everyone ran away thinking that Mr. Zanthe had come back to haunt them. As it turns out though, Brighton wasn’t a ghost…he just wasn’t dead.


Val Thomas

heartSource: huffingtonpost.com

A resident of West Virginia, Val suffered multiple heart attacks and was clinically dead for 17 hours. Yet right after all the cables were pulled, Val woke up as if nothing had happened!


Did I vote?

vote hereSource: detroitnews.com

When registered nurse Ty Houston was at the Michigan ballots in 2012, an elderly woman started screaming for help. Her husband was unresponsive and appeared to be clinically dead. Ty began CPR and the elderly man eventually came back. His first words were, “Did I vote?”


Anne Green

gallowsSource: oxfordmail.co.uk

In 1650, Anne was convicted for murdering one of her children. She was sentenced to death by hanging. However, when doctors were preparing for an autopsy, they realized she was still alive. People were so impressed that they let her live. Anne allegedly went on to have several more children.


The Morgue Ghost

hallSource: independent.co.uk

In 2011, South African morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo got scared when one of the bodies in his Johannesburg morgue started screaming. He called the police, and they escorted the “ghost” to the hospital. Apparently, it was an 80-year-old man who didn’t want to stay dead!


Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov

coffinSource: huffingtonpost.com

This 49-year-old Russian woman woke up at her own funeral following a heart attack. Terrified, she screamed, had another attack, and once again died.


Walter Williams

body tagSource: cnn.com

This 78-year-old from Mississippi was being placed in a body bag when the nurse noticed that he was kicking his feet. Sure enough, he was alive!


Alvaro Garza, Jr.

iceSource: huffingtonpost.com

In 1987, 11-year-old Alvaro was playing on the ice of the Red River between Montana and North Dakota when he fell through. He spent 45 minutes underwater before being rescued. Although he was clinically dead, doctors managed to bring him back with no lasting brain damage!


Li Xiufeng

onionSource: dailymail.co.uk

When her neighbors found her dead in her home, 95-year-old Li was placed in a coffin to prepare for her wake and viewing. Several days later, however, people showed up to find that Li had climbed out of her coffin. She was busy cooking in the kitchen.


Marjorie McCall

ringSource: bbc.com

Although its an old Irish wive’s tale, the story of Marjorie McCall says that after her husband buried her, some grave robbers came and tried to cut the ring off her finger. She woke up, however, and started yelling at the robbers. Terrified, they fled.


Justin Smith

snowSource: cnn.com

While walking home one freezing Pennsylvania night in the winter of 2015, Justin fell and hit his head. His father found him the next day in a snow bank without a pulse. He was taken to the hospital and doctors managed to somehow bring him back!


Luz Milagro Veron

babySource: huffingtonpost.com

When Analia Bouter had her fifth child, she and her husband were sent home with a death certificate. (The child was apparently still born.) When they came back to the hospital to see the baby’s body 12 hours later, they opened the refrigerated drawer in the morgue and the baby started crying! They named her Luz Milagro (Light Miracle).


Lyudmila Steblitskaya

luckSource: siberiantimes.com

When Lyudmila died, she was placed in the morgue for several days while her daughter prepared for her funeral. The daughter was surprised, however, when she called the hospital a few days later and the nurse told her that she had just spoken to her mother. Apparently Lyudmila had awoken while in the morgue. Crazily enough, Lyudmila died a year later and once again came back to life. We’re still not sure if she’s really lucky…or really unlucky.


The Yemeni Miracle

shovelSource: oddee.com

A 65-year-old Yemeni man was about to be buried when he woke up, terrifying the crowd. Apparently, he was already partially covered with dirt! Talk about a close call…


Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi

oxygenSource: dailymail.co.uk

When the 28-year-old waiter from Egypt was declared dead following a heart attack, the doctor who was writing his death certificate realized that he had a pulse. Hamdi’s mom fainted upon hearing the good news!

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