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'Dead' woman is found alive in morgue fridge

By T.K. Randall
July 3, 2018 · Comment icon 14 comments



Morgue workers got the shock of their lives. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Conlondave
Staff at a mortuary in South Africa were stunned to discover that one of the bodies was very much alive.
The bizarre incident, which occurred at Carletonville morgue in Gauteng province, involved a woman who had been declared dead by paramedics after being involved in a road accident.

It wasn't until one of the morgue workers happened to check on her body in the mortuary fridge that it was discovered that she was actually still breathing.

The unnamed woman is now receiving treatment at a local hospital.
"As a family we won't talk about this unless the police, paramedics and the mortuary officials who were involved are present," said one of her family members.

"The issue is that we need answers, that's all we want and we don't have any clarity now."

An investigation in to the incident is currently ongoing.

Source: BBC News | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
Her pulse could have been weak enough that it wasn't detected or maybe she flatlined and the paramedics called her dead too quickly (obviously) but it may not have been completely their fault.  She must not have been breathing well when she was put in the cooler as aren't the bodies checked when they get to the morgue?.  Luckily an autopsy wasn't started. One thing the article left out was if the woman's breathing was relatively strong or shallow.
Comment icon #6 Posted by highdesert50 4 years ago
This is not necessarily an oversight by the medical team. People who have been declared clinically dead have on very rare occasions spontaneously recovered minutes and even hours later. Cold much delays the self-destruction of cells. So, in this instance the morgue served its purpose in a most unusual way.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MWoo7 4 years ago
Sheeze don't pass out or get sick in some places, what was that acute said, oh yeah or the ZOMBIES  will get you Lawsuit meh two cows and a goat!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ozfactor 4 years ago
Or in the days before fridges , how many people must have been buried 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
It's why you bury people who have done bad things face down, lol.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Mommie! You're back from Pe-ru!
Comment icon #11 Posted by MWoo7 4 years ago
hahaha GROSS! but what a movie eh?!?!?!?!?!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Actually, I was paraphrasing Bugs Bunny! *LOL*
Comment icon #13 Posted by MWoo7 4 years ago
Oh! now that's funny! hahahaa I just envisioned this thing showing up .... is kind of what I thought you meant, forums and email ... confusing and funny at times, actually though I'm now trying to actually read the replies-comments /sarc
Comment icon #14 Posted by MisterMan 4 years ago
"Staff was stunned."  I thought for sure that scientists would be "baffled."


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