Kericho Man Who Had ‘Woken Up in Mortuary’ Has Died

The man who was taken to the mortuary at Kapkatet Sub County Hospital in Kericho County has died.

Peter Cheruiyot was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon in an ambulance while he was being transferred to Kericho County Referral Hospital for specialised treatment.

Kericho man
Peter Kiplangat Cheruiyot
Peter Kiplangat Cheruiyot who was presumed dead and taken to the mortuary only to be found alive. He died on Thursday. Image/Courtesy

Confirming his death, Cheplanget Ward Representative Hezborn Tonui, said: “It is true. He has breathed his last while being transferred to Kericho for further treatment. I am at his homestead condoling with the family,”

On Thursday last week, Cheruiyot spoke to the media and said that it was a miracle he was still alive.

“I am happy to be alive…it is a miracle that I am breathing, talking and I can move my limbs and eat. This is the work of God,” Cheruiyot, 32, told the Nation on Thursday last week.

Cheruiyot has been pronounced dead by at Tenwek hospital after he had collapsed at home.

The father of four cried out when a mortician attempted to cut an incision on his leg so as to insert preservatives on the body before it could be put in the cooling chamber.

“I felt an excruciating pain on the leg and screamed my lungs out. It is like I was being burned with a hot iron bar,” said Cheruiyot.

During the interview, relatives, villagers and curious members of the public jammed the male ward at Kapkatet Sub County Hospital to have a glimpse of the man who “had risen from the dead”.

“I do not know what happened prior to being dumped in the mortuary. The next thing I knew after screaming, which I was initially not sure if anyone heard me, is that I was being wheeled to the ward,” said the former matatu tout.

Cheruiyot fainted at Keroncho village in Cheplanget on Tuesday last week and was rushed to hospital by relatives.

Reports indicate that the man had been battling a terminal illness and had been in and out of various hospitals in the region.


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