Faith healer Abdullah Nanyan, 62, died, entered the afterlife and came back alive, Harian Metro reported.
"When I woke up, I saw doctors on my left and right and a few nurses. They were about to do a post-mortem on me," he said, relating the surreal Feb 16 incident in 2012 in an interview with the tabloid at his Seri Melaka flat in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
His medical records showed Abdullah was admitted on Jan 14 to the coronary care unit (CCU) of a city hospital, with a host of ailments that included a heart attack, breathing difficulties, diabetes and lung failure.
He learned later that he was declared dead at 10am on that day and it stunned the doctors when he started breathing again after two hours. They quickly rushed him back into the CCU ward.
Recalling the time he "died", Abdullah said it felt like he was in a dream and meeting his late mother, father and teacher.
Looking healthy and cheerful during the interview, he said he was bedridden for about four months after he was discharged and his wife, Norain Mohamad, 51, took care of him in every way, including feeding and bathing him and meeting his sanitary needs.
The father of six said Islamic medication helped a lot, adding he had since discarded his earlier ways of seeking "spirits" to provide cures and treatment and Islamic faith healing had helped to get rid of 27 spirits trapped inside his body.