Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

South African woman pronounced dead, found alive inside morgue refrigerator

South African woman pronounced dead, found alive inside morgue refrigerator

Per Times Select, the woman was one of several people involved in a June 24 vehicular accident and was taken to a morgue after she was declared dead at the scene.

According to the BBC, a worker made the discovery after he went to check on the body and noticed the woman was breathing, leaving family members to demand how such a crucial oversight could happen.

Following the standard protocol, the paramedics, who said they failed to find a pulse or signs of breathing, declared her dead and dispatched the body to the government mortuary in Carletonville.

The woman was transferred to a Johannesburg-area hospital.

"This lady had severe and multiple injuries", Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick told the news site.

The woman, who was not identified, was thought to be mortally wounded when she and others were ejected June 24 after a driver lost control of the vehicle they were traveling in.

Mr Bradnick told TimesLive: "Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman".

A member of the woman's family said that they were in shock and that they haven't been given any information. "There is no proof of any negligence by our crew", he said.

"The crew is absolutely devastated - we're not in the business of declaring living people dead, we're in the business of keeping people alive", he said.

This horror-film-scenario morgue resurrection is not wholly unprecedented in South Africa.

In 2016, another road accident victim was found breathing in a state morgue in KwaZulu Natal province after he was declared dead by first responders, a local media reported.

Seven years ago in South Africa, a 50-year-old man woke up inside a mortuary screaming.

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