'It is not uncommon': Medic service speaks out after woman wakes up in mortuary

An investigation is underway after a woman who was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash in Gauteng, was found alive inside a morgue fridge.

Speaking to Cape Talk host Sara-Jayne King, operations manager of ambulance service Distress Alert Gerrick Bradnick, says at this stage, it would seem that the paramedics followed the required procedure.

The information we have at this point in time is that there was no negligence on the part of the medics.

Gerrit Bradnick, operations manager, Distress Alert

We have a very strict policy and procedure in place to ensure that when we hand over the body that this type of incident doesn't happen.

Gerrit Bradnick, operations manager, Distress Alert

The woman had been travelling with three other passengers when the car they were in rolled several times, ejecting those inside from the vehicle. She was later declared dead by medics on the scene.

Decisions are made within split seconds. There are quick initial checks done to see that there is no breathing, no pulse and no signs of life...then we actually put on an ECG machine to check that there is no cardiac rhythm.

Gerrit Bradnick, operations manager, Distress Alert

However, Bradnick also says that situations like this are not uncommon.

It's happened on many occasions, I can't disclose which services have been involved in things like this before, but it does happen.

Gerrit Bradnick, operations manager, Distress Alert

The woman is currently recovering in hospital.

Listen to the full interview:


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