By Jane Nambi
A woman preserved the body of her son for 18 years.
Tsiuri Kvaratskhelia lost her 22-year-old son, Joni Bakaradze in 1995 but his body has remained mummified for the past 18 years since his mother preserved him in alcohol and kept his body in the basement where she has cared for him ever since. She apparently did so so that she can learn to love him.
Tsiuri lives in Georgia, eastern Europe.
Every year on his birthday, she has even given him a change of clothes – until four years ago. “He wanted his kid to see him that way,” she explained. “I believe from that point on the kid started to love his father.” There is also a little viewing window in the basement so family, friends and passers-by can see how he’s getting on.
“One night I had a dream when a voice told me to treat Joni by rubbing alcohol so from then on I’ve being using wet sheets dipped in alcohol to preserve the body,” she explained. “You must not leave the body without the sheets overnight as the skin will turn black as charcoal. For 10 years I’ve been changing his clothes on his birthday. Only the past four years I was unable to do so. He was a good man, a good husband, not the way he is now,” she added.
Joni’s cause of death remains unknown and now, his body is beginning to decompose since illness prevented her from giving him the daily care he needs. “I was sick lately and could not tend to his body,” she said. “That had an effect on him. My son is handsome. When I use the sheets his skin will be white again and everything will be normal.”