Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Woman found alive in mortuary fridge in critical condition

Woman found alive in mortuary fridge in critical condition

After her vehicle 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.

"Thinking about her injuries, how long she lay waiting for the mortuary officials, the trip back to the morgue, then how she would have been undressed, weighed and then put in the fridge... we are just thankful she is alive", he told Times Live.

The unnamed woman had been taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province after showing "no form of life" in the wake of a road smash.

The patient was immediately transferred to Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp after she was found breathing, where she is now being treated.

A source at the Carletonville mortuary told the Sowetan newspaper: "Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us".

Paramedics with Distress Alert, an ambulance company, checked her vitals and even used a machine, which showed no form of life.

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'You never expect to open a fridge and find someone int there alive. "Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her?"

But a source from the morgue said when his colleagues loaded bodies into the fridges one staff member returned to check on them.

Bradnick said there is no proof of negligence by his company.

This is not the first time someone has been found alive after being declared dead in South Africa.

"The issue is that we need answers, that's all we want and we don't have any clarity now", a family member told the BBC.

The Gauteng district health department is to investigate the incident.

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