‘Dead’ woman wakes up in morgue

The unnamed woman had been taken to Carletonville morgue near Johannesburg  after showing'no form of life in the wake of a road smash

The unnamed woman had been taken to Carletonville morgue near Johannesburg  after showing'no form of life in the wake of a road smash

A Times Live report said, the woman who was involved in a auto accident outside of Carletonville a week ago was declared dead, along with two other occupants also killed in the collision.

A morgue worker then later found the woman was breathing in the mortuary fridge.

The patient was immediately transferred to Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp after she was found breathing, where she is now being treated.

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 added: "All the right checks were done - breathing, pulse - so the patient was declared deceased".

Bradnick, who arrived on the scene with the Distress Alert paramedics, told TimesLive: "The paramedics from the ambulance which was involved in the accident found the bodies outside the vehicle".

He said: "When he pulled out the woman's body' he saw that she was breathing".

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"Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman", he stressed.

"You never expect to open a fridge and find someone in there alive".

A member of the woman's family said that they were in shock and that they haven't been given any information. "Can you image if we had begun the autopsy and killed her?"

The victim has not been named, but the BBC reports that her family is demanding answers because, thus far, they say authorities have offered them no "clarity" regarding how the massive mistake was made.

The Gauteng district health department is to investigate the incident.

This is not the first time someone has been found alive after being declared dead in South Africa. "There is no proof of any negligence by our crew".

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