A mother from Europe has mummified the body of her 22-year-old son who died 18 years ago.

According to a report in Mail Online, Tsiuri Kvaratskhelia pickled her son Joni Bakaradze's with the help of alcohol and stored his body in the basement of her house in Georgia, eastern Europe.

The dedicated mother took care of her son's body all these years so that Bakaradze's son could grow up to love his father. The body was stored in a wooden coffin, beneath the family home.

"He wanted his kid to see him that way," she explained. "I believe from that point on the kid started to love his father."

Kvaratskhelia's son died in the year 1995 due to unknown reasons and ever since the death, his mother changes his clothes every year on his birthday. She stopped it four years ago because the body had decayed to that extent.

The body can be viewed from outside the basement through a little window so that family, friends and passersby can have a look at the body once in a while.

According to Kvaratskhelia, she has learnt new tricks to keep the body intact with time.

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

"He was a good man, a good husband, not the way he is now", she added.

However, now after 18 years of caring, Bakaradze's body is now beginning to decompose as Kvaratskhelia is also growing old and increasingly falling sick.

"I was sick lately and could not tend to his body. That had an effect on him", she said.

"My son is handsome. When I use the sheets, his skin will be white again and everything will be normal", she added.