A South African man who was thought to be dead after a motorcycle crash was, in fact, alive and placed in a morgue refrigerator, much to the shock and dismay of his heartbroken family…
The KwaZulu-Natal health department has launched an inquiry after a man, thought to be dead, was found alive in the fridge of a state mortuary, according to News 24. State officials say the man was the victim of a crash that happened last Monday.
His body was placed in the refrigerator of the Phoenix mortuary in Durban after Emergency Medical Rescue Services declared him dead. Unfortunately, the medical experts were wrong.
When his family came Tuesday morning to identify the body, mortuary staff found the man was breathing and alive. He was immediately transferred to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital for resuscitation. His relatives have since gone under counseling for the disturbing situation.
This alarming story gives evidence to the fact that hospitals and emergency response units have serious shortcomings in the KZN health department.
“The department can confirm that an internal inquiry is underway regarding this matter,” department head Sifiso Mtshali said on Friday.
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