X-Message-Number: 12237
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 1999 20:09:09 -0400
From: Jan Coetzee <>
Subject: Drowned man awakens in Alexandria morgue

Cairo, Egypt -  A man pronounced dead after drowning off the
coast of Egypt's port city of Alexandria regained consciousness
after spending three hours in a morgue refrigerator, the Al-Akhbar
newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Ali Abdel-Rahim Mohammad, 32, an Arabic teacher, said the last
thing he remembers before blacking out is a dizzy spell and seeing a
vision of his mother's face while swimming at the Alexandria beach on
Monday, Al-Akhbar said.
He was awakened by a loud bang and unfamiliar voices.
"I found myself locked inside tight walls of metal and whispers
of people I didn't recognize,'' Mohammad said.
Mohammed grabbed the hand of an attendant who was trying to close
the refrigerator drawer in the Alexandria morgue. His firm grip sent
the attendant and a family who had apparently come to identify the
body of a loved one scurrying out of the morgue yelling "help us!''
Mohammed said.
Mohammed stood on his frozen feet with difficulty and left the
morgue to call his family in the southern <A
href=/English/Africa/africafact/africaegypt.htm>Egyptian</A> city of
Malawi -
only to find that friends who accompanied him to the beach had
already told his family he was dead.



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