Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2012

‘Dead’ Brazilian Boy Wakes Up and Asks for Water in Funeral

Kelvin Santos, a two year-old toddler in Brazil, who was pronounced dead after suffering pneumonia, woke up and asked for water from his dad during his funeral.

According to a Brazilian news site, Portal ORM, Kelvin Santos stopped breathing during treatment for pneumonia at Aberlardo Santos Hospital located in Belem, northern Brazil.

The boy was declared dead at 7:40pm on Friday and his body was handed over to his family who held an open-casket wake later that day.

The boy’s funeral was due to take place the next day on Saturday. But an hour before his funeral, the boy apparently sat up in his coffin and said: ‘Daddy, can I have some water?’. Upon witnessing the shocking event, everybody in the family screamed.

Antonio Santos, the boy’s father, said: “Everybody started to scream, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life. Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn’t wake him. He was dead again.”

Kelvin Santos, the two-year-old Brazilian toddler who wakes up and asks for water during funeral

Kelvin was rushed back to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a second time after doctors reexamined him and confirmed that he had no signs of life.

After having confirmed that Kelvin was ‘really’ dead at this time, his father said: ‘They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard.”

Shocked on the doctors’ comments, Antonio was convinced that his son was victim of medical malpractice which is now under the investigation by the police authorities.

‘Fifteen minutes after rushing him away for resuscitation, they came and told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn’t examine him properly. Dead people don’t just wake up and talk. I’m determined to find out the truth,’ the boy’s father added.

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  1. Crispin says:


  2. Zombaby says:

    …so I take it they don’t embalm dead people in Brazil? And who the hell goes ahead with burial when their child has given ANY reason to think he’s alive?!

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  4. nelljell says:

    Seems “hunky? to me. Embalming is done everywhere, I thought, so seems a like a fake.

    • Bill says:

      @Nelljell. Embalming is not always done. The director does not always have permission to embalm from the family or executer. Embalming is not required. It is only done for presentation of the body at the funeral. And this is the only purpose it serves.

  5. DAVE STANLEY says:

    I worked in a funeral home for 3 years when I was younger. In the USA many states only require embalming if the body crosses state lines. That way it cuts down on transfer of diseases.

  6. DarthCanabus says:

    The water in Brazil must be Fantastic!!

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