South African woman, declared dead, found alive in morgue fridge

South African woman, declared dead, found alive in morgue fridge

The woman was in a serious auto accident in South Africa's Gauteng province and taken to Carletonville morgue after ambulance company Distress Alert said there was "no form of life".

Hours after she apparently died in a auto crash, mortuary technicians found the woman breathing, horrified they could have killed her themselves had they started an autopsy.

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 unnamed woman is now in a Johannesburg hospital with her family after answers.

Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick confirmed that their paramedics had declared the woman dead.

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

The case of the woman who seemingly came back to life has baffled paramedics in South Africa.

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

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South African News channel eNCA reported that the woman is in critical condition and now in the hospital.

An investigation has been launched into the blunder.

"We are investigating the case and we will present our findings once it has been concluded".

"That's all we want [answers] and we don't have any clarity now", one family member told the BBC.

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

It is also not the first time this has happened in South Africa.

In 2016, another road accident victim was declared dead but found breathing 24 hours later.

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