Moscow, Russia: A 79-year-old man who had been declared dead was found alive after his funeral, according to his granddaughter.
Grigory Vasilyev was placed in a Moscow region hospital with limb impairment and slurred speech, where doctors diagnosed him with a stroke on May 12. The Solnechnogorsk district hospital informed the family of his passing less than a week later.
His granddaughter, Varvara Korchashkina, said:
“When my mom, dad and brother saw the body, they all said it wasn’t him. The pathologist began to show tags and documents where it was written that it was Grigory Mikhailovich Vasilyev, and explained that a person changes very much after death, stroke and trepanation of the skull during autopsy.”
The family said their final goodbyes on May 19. However, it was someone else’s body they buried.
Varvara said that the friends and family at the funeral “were also surprised that he did not look like” the actual Grigory.
And to everyone’s shock, a couple of days later, the hospital called the family to let them know that the real Grigory had recovered and was ready to go home.
Korchashkina said she was told a nurse forgot to report that she had swapped places between her grandfather and another patient from the same ward.
“When the man died, he died on my grandfather’s bed.”
Grigory’s family is currently in the process of moving him from the Solnechnogorsk hospital to a rehabilitation center.
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