London: A biker from UK, who was proclaimed dead 76 years ago after suffering a motorbike crash in 1936, celebrated his 106th birthday this weekend. Sam Ledward went into such a deep coma that doctors thought he had passed away, a daily reported.

His body was being wheeled down to the mortuary when a hospital porter noticed his “corpse” move and rushed him back to the ward, the publication reported.

Ledward said that his extraordinary long life was down to “sheer luck.” “I’ll be all right for a while yet. You don’t get rid of me like that. I was declared dead in 1936. I was on my 500cc Triumph motorbike, and the front wheel burst,” the paper quoted him as saying.

“I was in a coma but I woke up five days later on the way to the mortuary. They thought I was dead, but on the way there, one of the attendants noticed something move - I think it was my hand.

“They had to do a U-turn with me and took me back to the hospital ward. I’ve had a good life since,” he said. Ledward, who was a joiner most of his working life, was born in Cheshire in 1906.


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