An Indian teenager pronounced brain dead by doctors "came back to life" just as his grieving family were bracing themselves for his funeral.
Gandham Kiran, 18, slipped into a coma last week after suffering from severe hepatitis.
His family was told that the student from Pillalamarri, Telangana, would remain trapped in a vegetative state with no chances of survival.
But his mourning mother, who had wrapped Kiran in his cremation cloth, raised the alarm when she noticed tears in her supposedly dead son's eyes.
"I was shocked and alerted my relatives, who immediately called a local medical practitioner,' Saidamma told the Hindustan Times."
"He told us that my son's pulse was still beating and appreciated us for not removing the ventilator."
When doctors at the private hospital in nearby Hyderabad wrote off Kiran's chances of survival, his family kept him hooked up to life support so he could take his last breath in his home town.
Saidamma said, "I wanted my son to breathe his last at our place in the village."
"So, we brought him home along with the life-support system late in the evening."
Within three days of Kiran's remarkable recovery, he started talking and is currently being treated by doctors.
His bounce-back to health comes a week after gathered relatives were stunned when the thought-to-be dead Indian man woke up before he was buried.
Mohammad Furqan, 20, was also declared dead after an accident but started twitching as his funeral preparations were underway.
His family rushed him to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi where he was put on oxygen.
Mohammad Irfan, Mr Furqan's older brother, told NDTV "devastated, we were preparing for the burial when some of us saw movement in his limbs."
And the doctor said, "the patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead."