South African woman discovered alive in morgue fridge after being declared dead
A woman believed to have been killed in a car accident in South Africa has given workers in the local morgue a fright after they realised she was actually alive.
Paramedics responding to the crash in Gauteng, South Africa, pronounced the woman dead at the scene, TimesLive reports.
It wasn’t until morgue workers checked on the bodies in the morgue’s fridges that it became clear she was actually breathing.
The woman was then taken to hospital and is now recovering, according to Newsweek.
Gerrit Bradnick, the operations manager for Distress Alert, said the company’s paramedics did not commit any negligence when declaring the woman dead.
“Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman,” he said.
“This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained. There is no proof of any negligence by our crew.”
Mr Bradnick said the woman had sustained severe injuries in the accident as a result of being thrown from her vehicle, making it difficult for paramedics to assess her.
“The injuries, especially to her head, were so bad you could not work out her age or size,” he told the TimesLive.
Gauteng Health Department will be performing an investigation of the incident.