Shanghai man mistakenly mistaken for dead and taken to morgue


Shocking video captures the moment several frontline workers in COVID-stricken Shanghai realize a body bag they were taking to the morgue actually contained a living person.

Two morgue workers, dressed in protective gear, recoil in horror as they make the startling discovery while lifting the body from a vehicle, the video posted by South China Morning Post broadcasts.

The footage, filmed by a passerby, shows the men unzipping the yellow bag in front of a nursing home employee, exposing the patient’s head, before recoiling in shock.

The health care facility staff member then checks for signs of life and seals the bag, causing the onlooker to protest lest the patient suffocate.

After some deliberation, the elderly patient is brought back to the facility.

Authorities have fired or reprimanded several people involved in the incident.
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“The nursing home is such a mess. They sent a living person on a hearse and said they were dead. Funeral staff said he was still moving… This is irresponsible, really irresponsible,” the person who captured the scene said, according to CNN.

On Chinese social media platform Weibo, many users expressed their disbelief at the error.

“The problems in Shanghai are on full display this time,” one person wrote, according to CNN.

“This counts as intentional homicide,” said another.

The district government said in a statement on Monday that the man was in stable condition.

Authorities fired or reprimanded several people – including a care home manager and a doctor – following a swift investigation into the incident amid the backlash, the South China Morning Post reported.

Elderly Shanghai resident mistakenly declared dead
The workers can be seen discussing how they are handling the situation after realizing the man is alive.
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Elderly Shanghai resident mistakenly declared dead
The man was returned to the facility and is in stable condition, according to the district government.
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The blunder has sparked a new wave of horror for many Shanghai residents who have been under severe lockdowns since March 28, as the local government faces mounting criticism for its handling of the Omicron outbreak.



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