Sunday, June 24th there was a tragic road accident, which left three people dead. The paramedics who work with ambulance company that arrived to the scene, the Distress Alert, declared the three people dead, except one the diseased, a woman, was not actually dead.
She was take to the Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng Province, after being declared dead by the paramedics. However, when the morgue work returned to check on the body inside the fridge, he discovered that the woman was still breathing.
She has since been moved from the morgue and taken to a hospital east of Johannesburg. Her family members are now demanding answers from the Distress Alert ambulance company.
“As a family we won’t talk about this unless the police, paramedics, and the mortuary officials who were involved are present. We need answers,” said one of the family member during an interview with the BBC.
“The issue is that we need answers, that’s all we want and we don’t have any clarity now.”
The operations manager of the Distress Alert ambulance company, Gerrit Bradnick, said the woman’s shows “no proof of any negligence… This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained.”
Other ‘Dead’ that woke up
The identity of the South African woman who was declared dead, taken to the fried inside a morgue, only later to be found breathing and taken to the hospital has not been made public.
However her case, though strange, is not unheard of. In January this year, there was an inmate in Spain who was declared (and certified dead) by three doctors, only to found breathing just hours before an autopsy was due to be performed.
Seven year ago, a 50-year-old man, who was previously declared dead and his body stored inside a fridge, woke up screaming. And in 2016, another road accident victim, KwaZulu Natal, was declared dead but was found breathing the next day; though he died five hours later.