Just two months ago, a family were left to mourn their ‘dead’ uncle, 63-year old Aigali Supugaliev, from the Kazakh village of Tomarly, who was determined missing on July 9th.
Fast forward a couple months, a decomposed body was found near Supugaliev’s mother’s house, and a post-mortem DNA test was carried out to identify the corpse. The test determined that it was 99.92% likely that the dead body was Supugaliev. Since this is the highest percentage the test can give, the family was almost certain their uncle had passed away.
After the DNA test results had been confirmed, the family issued his death certificate and his brother Esengali began arranging a send-off for their beloved family member. He was buried in a traditional Islamic ceremony and a wake was held for his family and friends. It seemed like the perfect way for the people who loved him most to pay their respects and say goodbye.
So, when he returned today, alive, to attend his own funeral, it must have been impossible for his family to comprehend what exactly just happened.
“When Aigali came home alive and healthy, my daughter Saule, seeing her ‘dead’ uncle, almost collapsed with a heart attack,” said Esengali in an interview with local press.
In order to prove that he wasn’t just an angelic miracle, Supugaliev also showed his dark sense of humour, posing for a photo with his own gravestone.
When his family inquired as to where he had gone for the past 4 months, he informed them that he had been working on a “distant farm” and he hadn’t thought about telling his family.
His family was so happy that he was alive, but were furious at the DNA experts who had made them endure such unnecessary grief.
“Glory to Allah that he returned alive,” his sister-in-law Aiman Supugalieva said. “But we are going to prosecute the experts who gave such a DNA result.”
According to Akmaral Zhubatyrova, the scientist who conducted the test, no one ever claimed the test was 100% accurate.
“it is impossible to state unequivocally that this is the body of a person, relying only on the results of the DNA examination.”