‘Dead’ woman found alive in mortuary fridge in Carletonville

Johannesburg – A South African woman who paramedics declared dead after a horrific car crash was later found alive in a mortuary fridge, emergency services said on Monday.

According to Ambulance service Distress Alert they confirmed that the unnamed woman was certified dead in the early hours of the June 24 by EQ paramedics at the scene of the horrific pile-up accident just outside of Carletonville, southwest of Johannesburg.

When her body went to the mortuary, mortuary technicians tlfound her alive in a morgue fridge hours after the crash where the victims’ car rolled, throwing all three occupants clear of the vehicle, killing two of them.

Gerrit Bradnick operations manager of Distress Alert said to AFP,  “We followed our procedures — we’ve got no idea how it happened,”

“The crew is absolutely devastated — we’re not in the business of declaring living people dead, we’re in the business of keeping people alive.

When the woman was found alive in the mortuary she was taken to Carletonville hospital after she had shown no signs of life and being attended to by first responders, Bradnick added.

He said, “All the right checks were done — breathing, pulse — so the patient was declared deceased.”

The emergency services company has launched an investigation.

According to a source by the Sowetan newspaper who works at Carltonville mortuary, “Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us,”

“You never expect to open a fridge and find someone in there alive. Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her.”

Photo Credit- New Straits Times

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