A South African woman is being treated in hospital after waking up in a mortuary fridge, following a road accident after which she was declared dead by paramedics.
The woman was one of three declared dead after a car crash in Carletonville, South Africa on 24 June. But while her two fellow ‘victims’ were confirmed casualties, the unnamed woman was found still breathing by a morgue worker checking on the bodies.
Distress Alert, the South African ambulance company that attended the road accident, has said that their equipment used to monitor pulse and breathing “showed no form of life on the woman”.
The ambulance service has insisted that their paramedics are not to blame for the error. Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick has said: “This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained. There is no proof of any negligence by our crew”.
The family of the ‘dead woman’, who is now recovering in hospital in Johannesburg, are stunned, with one family member demanding “answers” from the professionals involved in the miscalculation.
This is only the third such incident to happen in South Africa in the last seven years, while just this year, in January, an inmate at a jail in Spain suddenly awoke in a mortuary prior to autopsy after being declared dead by three different doctors.