'Dead' toddler comes back to life during her funeral [VIDEO]
A toddler who was pronounced dead Saturday in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, woke up at her own funeral on Sunday.
A neighbor opened the coffin to arrange the three-year-old girl's body, and noticed her head moving. After checking for breathing and a pulse, they discovered that the girl was alive.
The unidentified family had brought their daughter to a clinic on Friday after she suffered from a fever for days.
"During that time, the attending clinic personnel and physician confirmed that the young patient had no more pulse and was clinically dead last Saturday morning about 9 a.m.," Aurora Police Chief Senior Inspector Heidil Teelan told The Philippine Star.
The parents took their daughter's body home to prepare for the funeral, which was held at a church the following day.
Footage from the funeral shows the father slowly picking his daughter up out of the casket, while a frantic crowd scurries around him. A woman makes a shooing motion towards the father and the crowd. When the girl moves her head from side to side, several audible gasps are heard. One woman places a blanket over the child's head, and two people hold a large, wooden cross toward the girl.
After giving her water, the girl was taken to a clinic, and then brought home. According to Chief Senior Inspector Teelan, the girl remains in a coma.
"We really cannot make confirmation on the status of the girl but based on the observation of the police personnel I deployed it appear the girl remained in a state of comatose in their house," he reported.
Teelan also said that nurses have been dispatched to the home, and the family plans to take the girl to a better-equipped hospital for testing.