An undertaker passed out in shock when a coffin lid slid open and the woman inside groaned: ‘Where am I?’
The 92-year-old had been pronounced dead hours earlier at a care home where she lived in the German city of Gelsenkirchen and taken to the Munstermann funeral parlour.
When the funeral director recovered he saw the woman lying in the coffin with both eyes open.
A police investigation has begun into the nurses and a doctor who declared her dead on Sunday evening after a carer apparently found her in bed and thought she had stopped breathing.
Lother Burger, the head of the home, said: ‘This is terrible and inexplicable. We are being pilloried.’ The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital and her family were informed. However, she died on Monday.