Hospital officials had pronounced Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi dead after he suffered a heart attack while working.
His family says grieving relatives took him home and, according to Islamic tradition, washed his body and prepared him for burial on Friday evening.
A doctor sent to sign the death certificate found it strange that his body was warm.
At closer observation, she discovered he was still alive.
His mother fainted upon hearing the good news.
With the doctor’s assistance, both al-Nubi, who comes from the village of Naga al-Simman in the southern province of Luxor, and his mother were awakened and soon were celebrating with guests.