An Indian man who woke up in a hospital morgue after he was declared dead following a motorbike accident has now died five days later.
Srikesh Kumar, 40, was miraculously found alive despite spending six hours inside a mortuary freezer after being declared officially dead.
Following the miraculous incident however, he slipped into a coma because of an internal head bleeding disorder.
His family have now confirmed that he died during treatment at the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial (LLRM) medical college in Meerut on Tuesday night.
Speaking about his death, brother Satyanand Gautam told the Times of India: ‘My brother fought for his life but lost the battle after five days. He wanted to live.
‘He showed signs of recovery as he used to respond whenever we called his name. His vitals were normal. However, he had a clot in his brain…’
Mr Kumar was in a critical condition after being hit by a bike in Moradabad, east of the capital New Delhi.
The electrician was taken to private medical facility after the accident, where a doctor declared him dead on arrival.
He was then transferred to a government hospital for a post-mortem on Friday.
Police were informed and his body was put in the morgue freezer until his family arrived six hours later.
Chief medical superintendent of Moradabad Dr Shiv Singh said: ‘The emergency medical officer had seen the patient at 3am and there was no heartbeat.
‘He had examined the man multiple times.’
The medical superintendent said: ‘When a police team and his family came over to initiate the paperwork for the autopsy, he was found alive.’
According to The Times of India, a document was signed by family members agreeing to an autopsy and they had identified the body.
But Mr Kumar’s sister-in-law Madhu Bala noticed he was showing signs of movement.
Ms Bala says in a now viral video: ‘He’s not at all dead. How did this happen? Look, he wants to say something, he is breathing.’
Dr Singh said he was declared dead at the time but in the morning a police team and his family found him alive.
The case was called one of the ‘rarest’ by Dr Singh and said ‘we cannot call it negligence.’
His sister-in-law Ms Bal, who claimed her brother-in-law was almost killed by being put in a freezer, said he is yet to regain consciousness and that his family will lodge a complaint against the doctors for negligence.
Officials are investigating the circumstances of how the man was mistakenly declared dead and put in the freezer.
‘We will take action against everyone responsible for his death,’ Satyanand added.