WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman in South Africa, who “died” in a car crash was found alive in the morgue.
- The paramedics who responded at the scene proclaimed all three people involved in the car crash were killed.
- After several hours of being in the morgue freezer, a deputy discovered the woman is still alive but in a critical condition.
South African authorities are investigating a case where a woman was proclaimed dead due to a vehicular accident, transported to a morgue, moved to a freezer and then was found out to be alive.
A June 24 car crash investigation was being conducted by Gauteng’s Department of Health. The accident happened west-side of Johannesburg. Two of three people were killed after being thrown out of their vehicle as reported by News 24, a local news source.
Three people were declared dead at the scene of the crash by paramedics. The corpses were moved to a morgue by forensic deputies. The broadcast states that a deputy found the woman from the accident still breathing inside the morgue freezer— several hours later after being moved there.
According to Distress Alert operation manager, Gerrit Bradnick, Distress Alert paramedics proclaimed the death of the victims after following protocols necessary to check the sign of life, as reported to regional news source TimesLIVE.
“This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained,” Bradnick said. “There is no proof of any negligence by our crew.”
Bradnick blamed the wrong declaration to a bad stretch of road, endangering the paramedics who responded to the crash.
“Cars were coming at high speed and we kept having to run away through the ditches. It was absolute chaos,” he told New York Times.
According to the Times, the region’s ambulance institution does not have civil government supervision but ambulance employees must sign up with the state’s Health Professionals Council.
“Anyone can open an ambulance service — it’s completely unregulated outside the Western Cape,” Cape Town paramedic Jo Park-Ross said.
A spokesperson for the Gauteng provincial health department informed the Times on Monday that the woman is still confined in a hospital and in critical condition.
Source: USA Today