The miraculous revival of a 17-year-old boy in Cameroon, whom medical professionals had declared dead, has sparked disbelief and bewilderment among many.
The teenager, known as Poupog Kevin, had been pronounced dead after drowning, but astonishingly, he was discovered sitting outside a mortuary at CEBEC Hospital in Bonaberi, Douala, more than a week later.
The incident drew a sizable crowd, intrigued by the tale of the ‘boy who returned from the dead.’
According to local media accounts, Kevin had been swimming at Bellevue Hotel in Douala when he drowned in the pool on Sunday, January 28. His lifeless body was subsequently transported to the mortuary.
Eight days after the drowning incident, mortuary staff found Kevin sitting outside the mortuary on Monday, February 5. Remarkably, he had been naked when initially brought to the mortuary but was now clothed in a white robe and underwear.
Louis Maries Mbella, the head mortician, informed reporters that he had been alerted by a security guard at the hospital’s mortuary section, who reported that the young man previously admitted to the mortuary had left the premises and was now seated outside.
Mbella said: “It was around 3am (Monday) when the security guard knocked at my door to inform me that someone had taken a chair to sit outside. I approached the young man and asked him, ‘Why did you take this chair outside, and when they asked you refused to react?’ He said nothing.”
“I now put on my phone’s torch light and pointed at him, that is when I discovered that it was the young man who died last Sunday. I went inside to check if truly he was the one and I discovered that he was not where we had embalmed and left him. All those inside were naked but he was outside, eyes closed, but he was smiling”.
Eyewitnesses say Kevin murmured the words, “Anne you promised me.” But his mother, Catherine Kouete, refused to believe the story and she asked how her dead son could move or speak.
“How can a dead body move like that and sit on a chair? It doesn’t sound well to me. I think it is a setup. I don’t know… we have never seen this,” the grieving mother told reporters.
Officials at the hospital revealed that the body of the deceased teen has since been “sent back to the mortuary”.