A Polish beekeeper who suffered a heart attack after being stung was found alive in his coffin, The Times of London reported.

Josef Guzy, 76, collapsed and fell unconscious after the insect attack earlier in the day and had been pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor.

It was only when the funeral director reached into the coffin for the last time, in order to retrieve a necklace requested by Guzy's grieving would-be widow, that he detected a faint pulse.

"Just before closing the coffin, the family asked us to remove a couple of precious things from the body," Darius Wysluchato said. "I happened to touch the artery in the neck and was totally shocked. I checked it again and shouted, 'There is a pulse.' My assistant checked as well. I leaned in close and I could tell that he was still breathing. My God, it was a miracle."

Guzy was rushed into intensive care, and after weeks of recovery he is back home tending to his bees.

"The undertaker saved my life. I am so grateful," Guzy said. "The first thing I did when I got out of hospital was take him a pot of honey."

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