After the man’s family was informed of his death by employees of the medical centre on January 10, the funeral was held two days later.

“They called my sister to say that he had passed away. I still tried to see the body to recognize it, but they didn’t let me”, the man’s son, Aurelino Vieira, told the Portuguese daily Jornal de Notícias (JN).

“I insisted on seeing the body, because something made me suspect that it might not be my father, but they didn’t let me and I understood,” he added.

In a bizarre turn of events, last Saturday, the family were informed that their relative’s death was an “error” and the man was still alive, the newspaper reported.