When two-year-old Kelvin Santos, who had been pronounced dead a day earlier, bolted up from his casket just hours before his funeral, everyone screamed in horror.
The local state department confirmed today that on Friday, June 1, Kelvin stopped breathing in Brazil's Aberlardo Santos Hospital after taking medication for a severe case of pneumonia. After officially declaring the toddler dead, officials handed the boy's body over to his family.
But according to a Brazilian media outlet called ORM, an hour before the open-casket funeral Kelvin surprised everyone, saying: "Daddy, can I have some water?"
"We couldn't believe our eyes," said Kelvin's father, Antonio Santos, in an article by the Herald Sun. "We thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life."
Seconds later, however, what Kelvin's family had hoped was a miracle transformed into another surprise: The toddler's lifeless body fell back into the casket.
Mr. Santos rushed his son back to the hospital, but to no avail. "They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard."
He says his son may have been a victim of medical malpractice. "Dead people don't just wake up and talk -- I'm determined to find out the truth."
Kelvin's father registered a complaint with the police, who are now investigating the mystery of the Boy Who Came Back to Life.
This story is not the first incident of people seemingly coming back to life; on February 23, Li Xiufeng climbed out of her coffin six days after her supposed death in China's Guangxi Province.
With abilities like these, why worry about the Mayan's "end of the world" prediction for 2012? The answer to the problem is simple.
Just cheat death — apparently, it's been done before.
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