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An 84-year-old man gave emergency personnel a shock Wednesday when he came back to life after being pronounced dead by paramedics at his Ramat Gan home.

A Magen David Adom ambulance crew was dispatched to the man's house in response to a distress call. After finding no pulse and ascertaining that he was not breathing, the man was pronounced dead.

A short time later, however, a police officer noted that "the corpse is moving his hand."

Police and emergency personnel had received a report Wednesday evening regarding an sick elderly man who lived alone in an apartment in Ramat Gan.

A nearby patrol and the medical crew who entered the home had noticed the elderly man lying motionless in the middle of the living room. They entered the apartment through the window in an attempt to resuscitate the man, who had no pulse.

Medical officials called for the coroner and a doctor, who pronounced the man dead and subsequently signed a death certificate.

After the medical crew left the premises, police began probing the circumstances of the man's death. As forensic investigators scoured the apartment for evidence, a policeman approached the motionless body, which to his amazement began moving its hands.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the elderly man has a weak pulse, and that it was the second time that an Magen David Adom crew had been called to his home. The man evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, in a conscious state and hooked up to a respirator.

Israel Police and Magen David Adom are investigating the incident.