As the man approached the body of his brother lying in a morgue in Salvador, Brazil, he noticed that the body inside was squirming.
Walter Goncalves realised that his brother, Valdelucio, had not died at the age of 54 but in fact had a few more years left in him, reports The Independent.
Doctors at the Menandro de Farias General Hospital had thought Valdelucio Goncalves had died following respiratory failure and multiple organ failure. Yet two hours later he was found alive in a body bag by his brother, the UK-based newspaper reports.
After the brother alerted the morgue, Goncalves was taken back to the hospital for treatment and was then photographed alive, both thumbs up.
The hospital in Salvador has now opened an investigation into the incident.
Goncalves' niece, Patricia, told Correio 24 Horas: “The bag was closed and moving. Up and down as if he was breathing. Then he (the brother) called everyone to see what was happening. He was with the feet tied and with cotton in the nose and ears."
This is not the first time someone has been presumed deceased mistakenly.
Earlier this year, workers at a US funeral home were shocked after a body they were preparing to embalm suddenly woke up kicking. Despite being examined by the Mississippi county coroner, 78-year-old Walter Williams came back to life hours after he had been officially pronounced dead.