Death becomes her: ‘Dead’ woman found alive in morgue
Next to the nightmare of being buried alive, the idea of sleeping in a mortuary fridge surrounded by cold bluish corpses is probably one of the worst things many people can imagine.
This is exactly what happened to an unnamed woman who was badly injured in a car wreck near Johannesburg on June 24. After her car reportedly turned over, the private ambulance crew Distress Alert said that despite their attempts to save the woman’s life, she had succumbed to her extensive injuries and practically showed “no form of life,” Times Live of South Africa reported.
Following the standard protocol, the paramedics, who said they failed to find a pulse or signs of breathing, declared her dead and dispatched the body to the government mortuary in Carletonville.
Days later, a morgue worker who was loading the bodies into the fridges came to the chilling realization that the woman who was earlier pronounced ‘dead’ was alive and breathing.
“When he pulled out the woman’s body‚ he saw that she was breathing,” one of his colleagues told the Times Live.
The woman was moved from the morgue to a hospital for further check-ups, and local authorities said they launched an investigation to find out who is responsible.
Puzzled with this miraculous reawakening, the ambulance service denied any wrongdoing on their part, insisting that their equipment failed to detect any sign of life.
This horror-film-scenario morgue resurrection is not wholly unprecedented in South Africa. Seven years ago, a 50-year-old man woke up screaming in an Eastern Cape morgue, demanding to be taken out of ‘the cold place’ after spending nearly 24 hours there.
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