A 40-year-old Indian man who was critically injured by a speeding motorcycle, mistakenly declared dead and ‘returned to life’ in the mortuary freezer, has died five days later.
Kumar, an electrician working in Morada, Uttar Pradesh, was a married man and the youngest of five brothers. Last Thursday, he was struck by a speeding motorcycle in Moradabad, east of New Delhi. He was taken to a private hospital in critical condition. Doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Dr. Shiv Singh, the chief medical superintendent of Moradabad, said, “the emergency medical officer had seen the patient at 3am and there was no heartbeat.”
The next day, the electrician was transferred to a government hospital and put in a mortuary freezer ahead of an autopsy. Six hours later, as his family was identifying his body, Kumar’s sister-in-law Madhu Bala said she saw him stir.
In a video posted on social media, a stunned Madhu Bala is heard exclaiming, “He’s not at all dead, in fact far from it. How did this happen? Look, he wants to say something, he is breathing” Times reports.
Singh said the medical officer told him “he had examined the man multiple times” and “there was no heartbeat.”