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Body at mortuary raises alarm after showing ‘signs of life’

In a bizarre incident,shocked mortuary staff at a hospital dialed emergency.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published: June 11, 2013 7:10:38 pm

Dead man walking? In a bizarre incident,shocked mortuary staff at a UK hospital dialed emergency number 999 after a body started showing “potential signs of life”.

They called paramedics fearing that the dead man may still be alive. When medics arrived they confirmed the man was in fact dead.

The man had fallen from the Kessock Bridge at Inverness on Friday and,after attempts to resuscitate him,he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An undertaker took the body to Raigmore Hospital where,during routine checks,staff became concerned that the man was showing “potential signs of life”.

The incident is being investigated by the procurator fiscal and National Health Service Highland,the BBC reported.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it was reviewing the case.

“Following retrieval,having been in the water for some time,the ambulance crew made every effort to resuscitate the patient,” a spokesman said.

“However despite active resuscitation being carried out by the crew with no response,a clinical assessment was undertaken including ongoing cardiac monitoring and confirmed that the patient had died,” he said.

“Following a 999 call from the mortuary at Raigmore Hospital an ambulance responded,along with a cardiac arrest team from the hospital. The patient was subsequently confirmed life extinct,” the spokesman added.

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