MOURNERS attending the funeral, last week, of a Gweru man were left stunned after he apparently “returned from the dead” as relatives and friends filed past his coffin, viewing his remains before he was taken to a local mortuary.
Brighton Dama Zanthe, 34, said he had no recollection of what transpired at his Mkoba14 home in the Midlands city and only remembered waking up and finding himself on life support at Gweru Provincial Hospital.
"This issue can be best told by people who came to my house to attend my funeral. I don’t know what happened and I only remember being on a life support system in hospital,” he told the Chronicle newspaper.
“Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel okay now.”
Witnesses however said mourners scattered in shock after Zanthe who is said to have “died” last Monday after being unwell for some time started moving his legs as relatives and friends filed past his coffin just before it was taken to a local funeral parlour ahead of burial.
Lot Gaka who runs a local transport firm, Gettingson Bus Company, where Zanthe is employed said: “I was the first to notice Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. This shocked me.
“At first I could not believe my eyes but later realised that there was indeed some movements on the body as other mourners retreated in disbelief.”
Gaka said his employee had been unwell for some time adding he was not surprised when he received a call from Zanthe’s wife last Monday saying he had passed on.
“Zanthe had been on sick leave for some time and everyone at work was aware that he was critical. We would visit him at his home in Mkoba 14,” he said.
“I was not surprised when I received a call from Zanthe’s wife on Monday night last week saying that her husband had died.”
He said Zanthe however, returned from the “dead” the next day as preparations were being made to take “his remains” to a local funeral parlour ahead of burial.
“I visited two local funeral parlours for quotations before I drove to Zanthe’s house in Mkoba Village 14 so that we could take the body to the mortuary,” he said.
“Zanthe’s body had already been put in a coffin and people were preparing to conduct a body viewing procession so that his body could be taken to a mortuary. It was during the body viewing procession that he ‘resurrected’.”
Another witness added: “Gaka later removed some blankets from Zanthe’s body after we noticed some movements and this was when we all realised that there was still life.
“We then called an ambulance which came within seven minutes. It’s really a miracle and most people are still in disbelief.”
Zanthe was then taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital where he was discharged on Thursday after spending close to two days on life support.