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Egypt: forlorn funeral turns festive after dead man wakes

Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, a 28-year-old waiter from Luxor province, must have been surprised when he woke up at his own funeral.
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An Egyptian woman lays flowers on the flag-draped coffins of 19 unidentified victims of Tahrir Square. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

In southern Egypt, a forlorn funeral turned into a celebration after the (apparently) deceased rose from a deep slumber. 

Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, a 28 year old waiter from southern Egypt's town Naga al-Simman, in Luxor province, had reportedly met an early end after suffering a heart attack. Doctors pronounced him dead, though not before noting a "strange" warmth emanating from his body. "At closer observation she discovered he was still alive," wrote the Associated Press.

Al-Nubi's mother promptly fainted, and after the doctor resuscitated both Hamdi and his mother, the family and guests got down to celebrate.

Though Al-Nubi suffered an early heart attack at the spritely age of 28, his heart was apparently stronger than that of Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, a Russian woman who was declared brain dead last year. According to GlobalPost, Mukhametzyanov also suffered an early heart attack, but the shock of waking up at her own funeral triggered cardiac arrest (again). Her second death, unlike her first, was for good.