Dead Girl, 12, Comes Back To Life During Burial Ritual

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

The family of a 12-year-old Indonesian girl declared dead from diabetes-related organ failure were shocked when she woke up when they were cleaning her body for the funeral, before passing away in front of stunned doctors an hour later.

The girl, named as Siti Masfufah Wardah, was admitted to the Dr. Mohamad Saleh Hospital in the city of Probolinggo in the Indonesia province of East Java for chronic diabetes and organ complications on 18th August.

The 12-year-old girl was pronounced dead at 6pm the same day.


Her body was taken to her home at 7pm so that family members could clean it and begin the funeral proceedings.

Almost 90 per cent of the population Indonesia is Muslim, and as part of the Islamic funeral ritual it is the responsibility of the family to wash the body according to a specific ritual prescribed for washing the body of the dead.

Loved ones were about to clean the girl’s body when she suddenly woke up again, according to her father speaking to the news website Detik. (

The dad, identified only as 40 year-old Ngasiyo, said: “When her body was being bathed, her body temperature suddenly warmed. And her closed eyes suddenly reopened. And we found her heart was beating again and her body moved.”

The girl was taken back into the house and doctors were called to the scene.


Medics helped the girl with respiratory assistance and oxygen, but she reportedly passed away again an hour later.

So-called ‘corpse revival’ is also known as Lazarus syndrome or return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) which occurs in patients who have ‘died’ of heart failure.

According to medical reports, 82 percent of ROSC incidents occur after 10 minutes a person is confirmed dead after being given respiratory assistance. (

After her death was confirmed a second time, Siti’s body was washed again and buried in the Lambangkuning Village Cemetery.


Lumbang Police Chief AKP Muhammad Dugel confirmed the incident. He has also visited the location and said the investigation was going on.

He added: “It’s true that there was an incident where the girl died and came back to life , after previously being treated at the Dr Mochamad Saleh Regional Hospital.

“When she was washed her body came back to life. For about one hour was alive and then died again.”

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