Man, Declared Dead, Wakes Up After Spending The Night In A Morgue Freezer

A man was found alive after being declared dead and left in a morgue freezer overnight, reports say

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Well, this is one way to get your life back on track…

“The emergency medical officer examined him. He did not find any signs of life and hence declared him dead,” said Rajendra Kumar, the hospital’s medical superintendent, according to Today Online

The man — Srikesh Kumar  — was living in India before he was mistakenly declared dead and left in a morgue freezer overnight. The next day, his family found him alive and breathing.

The 45-year-old electrician was declared dead on arrival on November 19 at a private medical facility in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. This is why he was then placed in the morgue’s freezer for his family to collect him in the morning. 

The Times of India reported that Kumar was likely in the morgue’s freezer and became a human popsicle for close to seven hours. The doctor at the hospital said Kumar’s life was likely saved because power outages in the hospital kept switching the freezer’s temperature control on and off — usually kept at below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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“He had examined the man multiple times,” Singh said. 

Singh told The Tribune that an investigation into the mistaken declaration of death has been started, and that this is the “rarest of rare cases” — it could not be called negligence.

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