Man ‘comes back from the dead’ be­fore post-mortem

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Mor­tu­ary staff in Mum­bai were given a big sur­prise when a man woke up shortly be­fore a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

The 50-year-old home­less man was de­clared dead by a se­nior doc­tor in the In­dian city and sent im­me­di­ately to the mor­tu­ary - against hos­pi­tal rules.

Pa­tients pro­nounced dead are sup­posed to be kept on the ward for two hours in case the doc­tor has made an er­ror.

Doc­tors said the man, named as Prakash, had a meta­bolic dis­or­der and was deliri­ous when po­lice brought him in.

Lo­cal media re­ported that he was found un­con­scious at a bus stop.

Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day, Dr Sule­man Mer­chant, the dean of Lok­manya Tilak Mu­nic­i­pal Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, said Prakash was an al­co­holic who had "ne­glected him­self" and had mag­gots on his face and ears.

"Mag­gots eat hu­man tis­sues. Usu­ally dead bod­ies have mag­gots. He must have been ly­ing around for at least six or seven days," said Dr Mer­chant.

He told re­porters that the doc­tor who ex­am­ined Prakash had checked the pa­tient's pulse, res­pi­ra­tion, and heart.

Dr Mer­chant said the hos­pi­tal had launched an in­quiry into the breach of pro­to­col that led Prakash to be taken im­me­di­ately to the mor­tu­ary.

Prakash is in a sta­ble con­di­tion in the hos­pi­tal's in­ten­sive care unit where he is be­ing treated for an ear in­fec­tion and mal­nour­ish­ment, Dr Mer­chant said.

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