An Indian man pronounced dead after a traffic accident shocked his relatives when they discovered he was still breathing despite spending the night in the freezer of a hospital morgue.
Srikesh Kumar was taken to a clinic in critical condition after being hit by a motorcycle in Moradabad, east of the capital, New Delhi.
He was taken to a private medical facility where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival and then transported to a public hospital for an autopsy on Friday.
“An emergency medical officer examined him. He found no signs of life and so he declared him dead,” Rajendra Kumar, the hospital’s chief physician, told AFP on Sunday.
The doctor said police were informed and the body was placed in the morgue’s freezer until his family arrived six hours later.
“When the police team and his family arrived to begin the paperwork for the autopsy, he was found alive,” he added.
Rajendra Kumar said the 45-year-old patient is receiving further treatment but is still in a coma.
“This is nothing short of a miracle,” he added.
An investigation is underway to find out how doctors mistakenly declared him dead.