'Dead' woman found alive in South African morgue fridge

04 July, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge

A woman was declared dead after suffering severe injuries in a auto crash - but scared the life out of mortuary workers when they discovered she was still breathing.

However a morgue worker checked on the body in the mortuary fridge sometime later only to discover she was breathing.

The woman was found breathing by mortuary technicians several hours after being certified dead by paramedics at the scene of the pile-up outside Carletonville, southwest of Johannesburg.

But defending their decisions, Distress Alert's operations manager, Gerrit Bradnick, said: "We followed our procedures - we've got no idea how it happened".

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

"We made certain. Our job is to save lives, we're not in the business of declaring living people dead".




The woman was moved from the morgue to a hospital for further check-ups, and local authorities said they launched an investigation to find out who is responsible.

A member of the woman's family said that they were in shock and that they haven't been given any information.

The unnamed female passenger was one of three people pronounced dead by paramedics who had been called to reports of an overturned vehicle on a road outside Carletonville, west of Johannesburg. "There is no proof of any negligence by our crew‚" Timeslive reported in a quote from Bradnick.

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

It's not the first time this kind of thing has happened in South Africa, the BBC notes. In 2016, a road-accident victim who was declared dead was found to be breathing the next day, but ended up dying five hours after the discovery.

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