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'Dead' South African woman found alive inside morgue fridge

'Dead' South African woman found alive inside morgue fridge

A woman who had been declared dead at the scene of a auto crash was later found alive in a mortuary fridge.

Several hours later, however, a mortuary technician found her to be alive in one of the fridges.

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.

Speaking to Cape Talk host Sara-Jayne King, operations manager of ambulance service Distress Alert Gerrick Bradnick, says at this stage, it would seem that the paramedics followed the required procedure.

"This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained", he said.

"Thinking about her injuries, how long she lay waiting for the mortuary officials, the trip back to the morgue, then how she would have been undressed, weighed and then put in the fridge... we are just thankful she is alive", he told Times Live.

Paramedics with Distress Alert, an ambulance company, checked her vitals and even used a machine, which showed no form of life.

Netwerk24 reported that she was still in critical condition in a Gauteng government hospital and that her family had been informed.

"When he pulled out the woman's body, he saw that she was breathing", an employee said.

The statement said mortuary staff in Carletonville, near Johannesburg, had been called to the accident scene to collect bodies of people declared dead by staff from a private emergency service. Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her?'

A member of the woman's family told the BBC they are shocked and demanding answers. In 2016 another road accident victim, from KwaZulu Natal, was declared dead, only to be found breathing the next day.


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