Karnataka ‘Dead Man’ Comes Alive Moments Before Autopsy

The official said doctors at the private hospital had exercised "bad judgement" when they removed him from the ventilator and presumed him dead

A youth, who was believed to be dead by health officials, came alive and had a narrow escape from undergoing a postmortem in Mahalingapura town of Rabakavi-Banahatti taluk on Monday.

The young man, who was severely injured in a motorcycle crash, was found to be moving on an autopsy table just before the doctors prepared to open him up, said a health official on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old from Karnataka’s Mahalingapur town was brought down to a private hospital in a serious condition on the weekend, where the doctors declared him dead and then the ventilator was taken off.

Later, his family moved him to a nearby government hospital where he had to undergo a post-mortem examination. According to local media, the relatives informed that a pathologist saw the body move as it lay on the autopsy table.

A government health officer confirmed the incident and told AFP that the injured man was then immediately admitted to another hospital, where his condition was improving.

The official said doctors at the private hospital had exercised “bad judgement” when they removed him from the ventilator and presumed him dead.

“We brought him by an ambulance on Sunday night to the government hospital in Mahalingapur. Staff at the government hospital declared him dead and sent the body for postmortem. However, a senior officer in the postmortem room who was prepping for the procedure said that he observed movements. On closer examination, he found that he was alive,” said family members.

The official added, the family has yet to launch a formal complaint.

Taluk health officer Dr G S Galagali said that he was informed that the youth was dead. “As per request of his family members, we visited the hospital and found that he was shaking his hands and legs. When we examined him again thoroughly, we found he was alive. Now he has been admitted to a private hospital for further treatment,” he explained.

 

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