The family of a young man who died in Peru after undergoing a root canal operation have spoken of their distress when the man appeared to be breathing at his own funeral, the Independent reports.
Watson Franklin Mandujano Doroteo, of the Peruvian city of Tingo María, was inside his coffin when some relatives noticed what they believe was his rib-cage rising and falling as he continued to breathe.
Doroteo had earlier been pronounced dead by doctors after experiencing fever and chills following a root canal operation on October 21.
But at the wake, relatives present called a doctor when they saw apparent signs of life.
According to Argentine newspaper Los Andes, the doctor arrived and confirmed Doroteo showed vital signs.
Doroteo was then removed from the coffin and immediately transferred to hospital, where it was confirmed he was dead.
The young man’s relatives claim he may have been alive all along and sedated as a result of the drugs he had been given for the dental operation.
“They gave him diazepam”, one of his family was quoted as saying.