A patient woke up in a morgue minutes before his autopsy was about to start after doctors mistakenly declared him dead.
The 45-year-old man was found unconscious at a bus depot in Mumbai, India, after apparently suffering from an ear infection and malnutrition.
He was taken to hospital by police and declared dead by a.....
senior doctor after checking his pulse, according to sources at the Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Rohan Rohekar allegedly told staff to take the body straight to the morgue, contrary to hospital rules which requires corpses to be held in casualty ward for a two-hour 'cooling off' period in case there is a chance of revival.
But just as the body was being prepared for the post-mortem, two porters were stunned to see him breathing after spotting 'his stomach moving up and down'.
He woke up amid the commotion as staff rushed back to the casualty ward to inform doctors, it was reported by NDTV.
Dr Rohekar has been accused of tearing up his death report and erasing an entry he made in the casualty ward diary after learning of his alleged blunder.
Police officers, who had arrived at the hospital to file an accidental death report, say staff refused to let them in and Dr Rohekar would reveal the whereabouts of the erased records.
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