Ninety Year-Old Woman Wakes At Her Funeral Service

Ninety Year-Old Woman Wakes At Her Funeral Service

Gogo Tshuma, a 90-year-old woman who was thought to be dead resurrected during her funeral procession in a Village of Chikamba in Jambezi, Zimbabwe, throwing mourners into a state of celebration.

However, it was gathered that the resurrected woman later gave up the ghost.

A source from the village said the incident has got people relating different versions of the strange occurrence.

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The source is quoted to have said: “Gogo Tshuma was over 90. When she died, people gathered waiting for her children to come for the funeral.

“They arrived at home a day after her death and brought a coffin. On the second day, which was supposed to be the burial day, Gogo MaTshuma came back to life."

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“Unfortunately, all preparations had been made and two cows had been slaughtered therefore people started partying.”

This strange occurrence is not peculiar to Africa, a doctor in Germany was charged by prosecutors with negligent bodily harm, after a 92-year-old woman he declared dead woke in a refrigerated room at a funeral home.

The doctor aged 53-year,  pronounced the seriously ill woman dead in March,2015 after a care worker found her without a pulse and not breathing at a retirement home. Her body was reportedly taken to the Munstermann funeral parlour in Berlin where it was placed in a refrigerated room.

However, just hours later a worker at the funeral home heard shrieks coming from inside the room.

‘Lazarus Syndrome’ is the term used to classify cases of people pronounced dead only to awake in the morgue or at funeral places.


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