A man was mistakenly declared dead and put in a mortuary freezer in India’s state of Tamil Nadu, died days after being rescued.
74-year-old, Balasubramanyam was declared dead after being taken to hospital. It’s unclear what was wrong with him.
He was placed in a freezer until the next day when undertakers who came to collect his body for the funeral saw he was shaking and realised he was alive.
He was then taken to a second hospital but lost his battle five days later, on Friday.
The dean of the government hospital in the southern city of Salem, Dr Balajinathan, said the patient had been admitted in a drowsy condition following his rescue and died of lung-related problems.
The funeral company said they were told by Mr Balasubramanyam’s brother that he had “a signed letter of a doctor regarding his demise”.
Salem police chief Senthil Kumar said the family had been unable to produce a medical certificate for Mr Balasubramanyam’s death.
The police can register a case against the family and doctor for “acting rashly or negligently to endanger human life”.
The family claims that he also suffered from neurological problems, the police chief said.
Mr Balasubramanyam lived with his wife, two daughters and his brother.
It is not clear how he survived the freezing temperatures inside the box – or whether the private hospital where he was initially declared dead is also being investigated.