An inquiry has been launched by a health department in South Africa after a man, thought to be dead, was found alive in the fridge of a state mortuary.
The District Attorney in the KwaZulu-Natal province said the young man was the victim of a motorcycle accident in KwaMashu on Monday night.
“The department can confirm that an internal inquiry is underway regarding this matter,” KwaZulu-Natal health department head Sifiso Mtshali said on Friday.
“The shocking incident took place while the DA was conducting an oversight visit at the Mahatma Gandhi hospital, adjacent to the morgue, on Tuesday.”
However, when the family arrived for identification purposes on Tuesday morning, a pulse and breathing efforts were found in the patient by mortuary staff, who then immediately transported him to another hospital for resuscitation.
Doctors and nurses managed to resuscitate and warm him. His relatives received counselling.