A mother has kept her dead son's body mummified for 18 years – so that his young son would grow up to love him.

Young dad Joni Bakaradze died at the age of 22 but his family refused to bury him for the sake of his son.

So for the past 18 years, Joni's mum has been tenderly looking after his body, which is kept in a coffin, in a bid to preserve it.

At first his mum used traditional embalming techniques, but after a while she started using her own methods.

In footage posted on Live Leak, she said: "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.

"You must not leave the body without the sheets overnight as the skin will turn black as charcoal. She added: "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.

"I was sick lately and could not tend to his body, 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."

Explaining why she has not buried his body she explains: "He wanted his kid to see him that way. I believe from that point on the kid started to love his father."