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‘Dead’ man pulled from earthquake rubble ‘comes back to life’ at own funeral

A man declared dead after being found in the rubble from the earthquake in Syria has come back to life at his own funeral.

Ahmed al-Maghribi was unresponsive having after being hauled out of a collapsed building in the town of Atarib in Syria.

Doctors and paramedics put his body in a refrigerator for two days while they waited for family members to come and identify him.

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According to local media, once his family confirmed his it was him, he was put in a body bag and taken to a cemetery for a funeral procession.

However, shockingly, once the apparently dead body arrived at the cemetery, it started to move.

Once reopened, Ahmed was found inside to be alive and well.

Stunned family and friends rushed him back to hospital where he is now recovering.

Local media speculated that his case might have been a rare instance of a person's heart starting again after stopping.

The earthquake is one of the worst natural disasters in living memory, with almost 50,000 people thought to have been killed and over 100,000 injured.

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The 7.8 magnitude quake struck early on Monday, February 6, causing death and destruction in Turkey and northern Syria.

Shortly after, a second earthquake of 7.6 magnitude hit the same region, causing even more damage.

Last Thursday, a A 17-year-old girl was rescued after a 248 hour rescue operation following the earthquake.

Aleyna Olmez was extracted from a collapsed building near the epicentre of the quake before being transferred to Ankara.

Another woman was pulled out of the rubble after being trapped for over 250 hours and was the only survivor from one residential building

After being brought to the hospital, doctors said she was in stable condition.

Since the disaster, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has come under intense criticism for his government's sluggish response, in a rare show of anger towards his leadership.


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