‘Dead’ woman comes back to life in morgue fridge

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A South African woman lived through what was possibly her worst nightmare when, shortly after an accident, she was declared dead and sent to the morgue - where she was later found to be alive and breathing!

A morgue source told TimesLive a colleague realised the woman was still alive when he checked on bodies in the mortuary fridges.

Paramedics pronounced the woman - who has not been identified - dead at the scene of a auto crash that killed two others on June 24, with the ambulance company claiming she showed "no form of life", reports say.

She is now being treated at a hospital.

"You never expect to open a fridge and find someone in there alive".

The unnamed female passenger was one of three people pronounced dead by paramedics who had been called to reports of an overturned vehicle on a road outside Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

The woman, who was taken to Carletonville hospital after being found alive in the mortuary, had shown no signs of life when she was attended to by first responders, added Bradnick. "Can you image if we had begun the autopsy and killed her?"

"Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us", the source said.

"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 told the AFP news agency.

The company has now launched an investigation.

Mr Bradnick said there's "no proof" his staff were negligent.

A member of the woman's family said that they were in shock and that they haven't been given any information.

"That's all we want [answers] and we don't have any clarity now", one family member told the BBC.

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