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After Spending 7 Hours In Mortuary Freezer, Dead Man Comes Alive

A 40-year-old man in UP’s Moradabad has come out alive after being declared dead by doctors and kept in the mortuary freezer for over seven hours, confounding medical staff and filling the hearts of family members with joy.

Sreekesh Kumar, an electrician with the civic body in Moradabad, had been hit by a speeding motorbike and taken to the district hospital on Thursday night where doctors on duty announced that he had died.

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They then bundled him into the freezer in the mortuary before a post-mortem could be done the next day.

Nearly seven hours later, when a ‘panchnama’, a document signed by family members after identifying the body and agreeing to an autopsy, was to be filed by police, Kumar’s sister-in-law Madhu Bala noticed that he was showing signs of movement.

In a video that has been widely shared on social media, an astounded 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.” Other equally bewildered family members then crowded around the body and asked for doctors and police.

Moradabad’s chief medical superintendent, Dr Shiv Singh, said, “The emergency medical officer had seen the patient at around 3am and there was no heartbeat. He told me he had examined the man multiple times. Therefore, he was declared dead. In the morning, a police team and his family found him alive. A probe has been ordered and our priority, at the moment, is to save his life.”

Singh said it was one of those “rarest of rare cases”.

Explaining what may have happened, he added, “Sometimes there are difficulties faced while declaring someone dead. For example, there is ‘suspended animation’ where there is temporary cessation of many vital organs without death. It can lead to extraordinary situations. We can’t call it negligence (on the part of doctors) until we have all the reports in our hand.”

Even as Kumar’s medical state confused doctors, a miracle had quietly happened.

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