'Dead' KwaMashu Car Crash Victim Found Alive In Mortuary Fridge Two Days Later

‘This is God’s work.’

12/12/2016 18:17 SAST | Updated 12/12/2016 19:53 SAST
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A car crash victim believed to be dead was found to be still breathing in a mortuary refrigerator two days later.

Msizi Mkhize was walking with a friend in the South African township of KwaMashu when he was hit by a car last week.

“When his family arrived for identification purposes, a pulse was found in the patient by mortuary staff, who then immediately transported him to Mahatma Gandhi hospital for resuscitation,” Imran Keeka, a provincial official told The Times.

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Msizi Mkhize was thought to have been killed after he was hit by a car last week (file picture)

Mkhize’s uncle Peter Mkhize told the Daily Sun: “We just saw him now. This is God’s work.”

But despite being successfully resuscitated, the 28-year-old sadly died five hours later.

The Democratic Alliance’s spokesman on health Dr Rishigen Viranna, called for an urgent investigation into the matter.

The Citizen reports there had been a five-hour period of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and warming by staff.

Dr Viranna said: “The DA has written to the hospital to commend the efforts of the staff to attempt resuscitation. Despite staff shortages, they tried their best to resuscitate the patient, with some even staying on after their shifts had ended to assist.

“This horrific event has again highlighted the extreme shortcomings with the KZN health department’s EMRS and mortuary services.”