“Dead” South African Woman Found Alive in a Morgue Freezer

A woman who was previously declared dead was found breathing in a morgue’s freezer in South Africa.

The unnamed woman was discovered by morgue technicians at the Carletonville morgue. She was brought in several hours prior to being found alive. Before being brought in, she had suffered a “fatal” car crash in southwest Johannesburg.

Confirming the incident, an ambulance service operator, Gerrit Bradnick, has launched an investigation into the situation.

“We are investigating the case and we will present our findings once it has been concluded,” Gerrit Bradnick says, “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.”

He did, however, defend the paramedics claiming that they followed proper protocol before declaring the woman dead.

“This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained. There is no proof of any negligence by our crew‚” Timeslive reported in a quote from Bradnick.

Now recuperating in a Johannesburg hospital, the woman reportedly showed no signs of life at the scene of the accident.

Carletonville’s morgue technicians explained that determination of life is supposed to done prior to arriving at the morgue.

“Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us,” a source at the Carletonville mortuary told the Sowetan newspaper. They continue, “You never expect to open a fridge and find someone in there alive,” a source at the Carletonville mortuary told the Sowetan newspaper. “Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her?”

In a similar incident, a crash victim in was found alive in a mortuary in KwaMashu in 2016 after being declared dead by first responders. In spite of that, he did die hours later.

The crash victim’s family believes that negligence is the reason for the upsetting and incorrect news.

“We want to know who declared him dead. Is that person experienced enough to handle and make decisions in such situations?” The victim’s sister asked.

About Shelby Hawkins

My name is Shelby, like the mustang, and I am an avid lover of photography, literature and desserts.
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