Policeman wakes from coma after 9 months to discover everyone thought he was dead and his job had been given to someone else

A police officer, Constable Reuben Kimutai Lel, woke up from a nine-month coma to discover that everyone assumed he was dead.

 

Kenyan cops and even his own family thought Constable Reuben Kimutai Lel had died and had gone searching morgue after morgue for his body.

 

They even almost took a decomposing body thought to be him from one morgue.

 

But it turned out Reuben was unconscious in one of Kenya’s biggest hospitals all along after suffering a road accident, the BBC reported.

 

Policeman wakes from coma after 9 months to discover everyone thought he was dead and his job had been given to someone else

 

He finally regained consciousness last week after 9 months in coma.

 

Reuben’s niece Joan Jeptoo told the BBC: “We thought he was dead because his phone was off.

 

“Early this year we went to collect a body that we were told resembled him, but the fingerprints didn’t match.

 

“I found him at Kenyatta National Hospital.

 

“He could not recognise me and he could not recognise names of members of his family.”

 

Reuben was taken to the hospital in capital Nairobi on 21 December 2020 without any documents, leading him to be treated without an identity.

 

But last week he could finally tell doctors his name, leading cops to reach out to his niece.

 

Policeman wakes from coma after 9 months to discover everyone thought he was dead and his job had been given to someone else

 

Constable Reuben was discharged last Friday, September 24, and is now recovering at home in Koibatek, Baringo county, under the care of his wife and family.

 

Arrangements are being made to reinstate him to the police force, according to news site the Daily Nation. But his niece said Reuben is quite looking forward to early retirement.