'A miracle': Body bag seen moving after man declared dead

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A 71-year-old man has had a lucky escape after bungling paramedics pronounced him dead and placed him in a body bag, only for a reporter filming the scene to notice the bag moving.

Street food vendor Raimundo Nonato Santana da Silva suddenly fell ill while riding his motorbike to the market in the Brazilian city of Araguaina on Tuesday morning.

As a result, he fell off his vehicle and paramedics called to the scene pronounced him dead.

They placed his body in a bag and left the scene when the police arrived to supervise the body until the coroners came.

The 71-year-old elderly man was presumed dead and put in a body bag. Source: CEN/Australscope
A 71-year-old man has had a lucky escape after bungling paramedics pronounced him dead and placed him in a body bag. Source: CEN/Australscope

However, moments later, the police officers and a reporter covering the incident noticed the bag moving very slightly on its own.

"When I arrived, the bag was already closed," journalist Geovanni Pereira told news site G1.

In his footage, the bag can be seen moving, which resulted in the man being rescued.

"They (the cops) opened it and I saw a small bubble of air coming out of the corner of his mouth. I performed CPR on him for 10 minutes out of a gut instinct to help," he said.

The sheepish paramedics were called back to the scene and they took the man to hospital. His current condition has not been divulged.

The man is seen being tended to paramedics after being pulled from the body bag. Source: CEN/Australscope
A reporter covering the incident noticed the bag moving very slightly on its own. Source: CEN/Australscope

The paramedics have since said they performed CPR on the man when they were first called to the scene.

However, they pronounced him dead "based on technical evaluation".

They have said they will look over the man's medical record to try to understand what happened.

"We were in the right place at the right time. I think it was a miracle," Mr Pereira told G1.

CEN/Australscope

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