'Dead' man in India wakes up minutes before autopsy

High-rise buildings stand behind slum dwellings in Mumbai on May 9, 2012.
High-rise buildings stand behind slum dwellings in Mumbai on May 9, 2012.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

MUMBAI - A 50-year-old man, declared dead at a Mumbai hospital, gave mortuary staff a shock when he woke up minutes before his autopsy.

The man was pronounced dead on Sunday (Oct 11) by a senior doctor and sent immediately to the mortuary, which is against hospital rules, reports said.

Patients pronounced dead must remain in the ward for two hours in case an error has been made.

The homeless man, named Prakash, was found unconscious at a bus stop, a BBC report said.

 

He had a metabolic disorder and was delirious when police brought him in, according to doctors.

At a news conference on Monday (Oct 12), Dr Suleman Merchant, dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, said Prakash was an alcoholic and there were maggots on his face and ears.

He told reporters that the doctor who examined Prakash had checked for pulse, breathing, and heartbeat.

Dr Merchant added that the hospital has launched an inquiry into the slip.

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