A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered ALIVE in a mortuary fridge.
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After being declared deceased by paramedics in Gauteng province following a multi-vehicle road traffic collision, the female was taken to a morgue in Carletonville, South Africa.
Distress Alert, the ambulance company involved in the harrowing incident, said that the woman had “no form of life” according to reports on the TimesLive website.
However, when a mortician attended to the woman, he found that she was still breathing and immediately alerted his colleagues so that the female could get the urgent medical attention that she needed.
It is not known whether she regained consciousness during the ordeal.
The BBC reported that an ‘official’ has confirmed that the lady concerned is now being treated in a hospital located east of Johannesburg having been seen by forensics officers.
The distraught family of the woman is now demanding answers from the authorities and an investigation has been launched in order to try and find out exactly what happened.
A family member, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC:
“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”.
“The issue is that we need answers, that’s all we want and we don’t have any clarity now,” he added.
Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was “no proof of any negligence” on his company’s behalf.
“This did not happen because our paramedics are not properly trained,” he told TimesLive.
“Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman,” Bradnick said.
Mr Bradnick told TimesSelect the lady concerned was one of several people involved in a car accident which left two others dead on Sunday, 24 June.
The Emergency ambulance service in South Africa is provided by each South African province.
The government-operated ambulance system, also known in the Western Cape as METRO (Medical Emergency Transportation and Rescue Operations) provides emergency medical care as well as various rescue options (land, air and see) to the public.
In addition to the paid responders, the government system is supplemented in many areas by volunteers.
In cases where volunteers are used, the standards for operation are set by the provincial Health Department, which also provides vehicles, equipment, and operating expenses.
Operations are normally administered at the local level through the Emergency Management Service which oversees police and fire protection as well.
The co-location of ambulances with fire apparatus is common in South Africa, although they are two independent services.
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