Woman Found Alive In Mortuary Fridge

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JOHANNESBURG: A woman, who had been declared dead after a horrific car crash, has been found alive at a mortuary in the west of Johannesburg.

Officials say she had been found in a mortuary fridge hours after the crash. The Gauteng Health Department has since set out to investigate how this could have happened.

Head of Gauteng Health Forensic Pathology, Paul Morule, says the matter will be reported to the relevant authorities.

“The case is currently being investigated and consequence management will be implemented. The case will also be reported to the regulatory bodies and other relevant authorities.

“The paramedics can certify death at the scene. The role of forensics is only to collect the bodies thereafter and transport to a designated storage place,” Morule explains.

On 24 June, forensic officers had been called to the accident scene in Carletonville by paramedics working for a private emergency services company to collect the bodies of the deceased.

Distress Alert has confirmed that the woman had been certified dead by its paramedics, according to an IOL report.

“We followed our procedures — we’ve got no idea how it happened,” Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick told AFP. “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.”

The woman is currently in hospital in a critical condition.