A man was found alive after being held for almost seven hours in a morgue in a freezer in Merut, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Forty-year-old Srikeš Kumar, an electrician by profession, was hit by a motorcycle on Thursday night and a doctor declared him dead, after which the hospital staff transferred him to the morgue.
Seven hours later, when Kumar’s daughter-in-law Madhu Bala came to identify him and sign the autopsy document, she noticed he was moving and called for help.
Bala also made a video of Kumar circulating on the Internet, which shows him lying unconscious, breathing normally while she points out that he is alive.
A local police officer, Dr. Shiv Singh, told the Indian newspaper IANS that the emergency medical officer saw the patient at 3 am and that there was no heartbeat.
He examined the man several times. “After that, he was declared dead, but in the morning, the police team and his family found him alive,” Singh said.
Although Kumar is currently in treatment and his condition seems to have improved, he has yet to regain consciousness.
His family now plans to file a police report against the doctor for negligence.
“They almost killed Srikeš by putting him in the freezer,” Bala said.
However, a local police officer says it was a rare case, so “we can’t call it negligence.”
Police have launched an investigation into the case.
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