‘Dead’ man found alive in mortuary fridge in SA
In a shocking incident, a 28-year-old South African man declared dead in a car accident was found alive a day later in the mortuary refrigerator.
Msizi Mkhize, from KwaMashu near Durban, was declared dead at the accident scene and taken to a Phoenix mortuary but was found breathing the next day when his family went to view his body.
Shocked mortuary staff rushed Mkhize to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, but he died about five hours later, the Daily News reported.
Mkhize’s family now wants answers to how the blunder occurred and whether his life could have been saved if he was taken to hospital earlier.
Mkhize was hit by a car while walking home with a friend on December 5, according to his sister, Hlobisile.
He was allegedly declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
The incident took a dramatic turn the next day when the family went to the mortuary to view the body, The morgue’s employee found the 28-year-old still alive in the refrigerator.
His family believe the paramedics were negligent.
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