Thursday, 15 November, 2018

‘Back from the dead’: South African woman found alive in mortuary fridge

A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2018, 16:56

After her auto reportedly turned over, the private ambulance crew Distress Alert said that despite their attempts to save the woman's life, she had succumbed to her extensive injuries and practically showed "no form of life", Times Live of South Africa reported.

Days later, a morgue worker who was loading the bodies into the fridges came to the chilling realization that the woman who was earlier pronounced "dead" was alive and breathing.

A woman in South Africa is being treated in hospital after being found alive inside a morgue fridge.

The woman, from Gauteng, was immediately taken to Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp, where she's receiving care.

Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick confirmed that the woman was pronounced dead, but said the paramedics followed all the proper protocols and the woman simply showed no signs of life.

"Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us", a source at the Carletonville mortuary told the Sowetan newspaper.

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"When he pulled out the women's body, he saw that she was breathing", the source said.

The man said that the family of the woman were in shock. "Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her".

Mr Bradnick said there's "no proof" his staff were negligent.

"The issue is that we need answers, that's all we want and we don't have any clarity now".

Over the past decade, South Africa has had several similar instances involving people being misidentified as dead, only to be found alive and well inside a morgue refrigerator, according to the BBC. Now, the Gauteng Health Department is trying to figure out how the misdeclaration of death happened.

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