Officer wakes from coma to find hes been sacked as colleagues thought he died

A police officer woke up from a nine-month coma to find himself jobless as colleagues thought he was dead.

Kenyan cops and even his own family thought Constable Reuben Kimutai Lel had died, 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 out cold in one of Kenya's biggest hospitals all along after suffering a road accident, the BBC reported.

He finally regained consciousness last week after three quarters of a year out cold.

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.

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

Constable Reuben was discharged last Friday 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.

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