Coffin sold back after ‘dead’ man found alive

September 20, 2011 12:34 pm

, LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Sep 20 – A family from Wiyumiririe village in Laikipia Central district is in shock after finding out that their kin whom they believed to be dead is alive and well at the Nyahururu district hospital.

The family of Ibrahim Maina Gichuki brought him to the hospital on Monday last week after he allegedly took poison in a bid to commit suicide following a domestic quarrel.

They later returned to the hospital to pay him a visit but could not find him on the bed where they left him and assumed he was dead.

The family did not however take the time to confirm with hospital authorities the exact whereabouts of their relative.

According to hospital officials, the patient had been transferred to another ward as he got better, although his relatives presumed he died overnight and his body taken to the local mortuary.

The family then started making funeral arrangements and held daily prayers at the home of the “deceased”. The burial was planned for Tuesday, September 20.

Come Monday and some relatives were sent to the hospital to clear the hospital and mortuary bills. They were shocked when they failed to trace their kin at the morgue and upon returning to the wards, found him eating.

When the reality dawned on them the family sold back the coffin and wreaths which had been bought in readiness for Tuesday’s burial.

Ngobit civic leader Wainaina Uiru said the family had incurred a lot of expenses to organise for the burial which was set to take place at Wiyumiririe village.


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