A man in India was rushed back to the hospital after a pathologist discovered his pulse on the autopsy table.
24-year-old Himanshu Bharadwaj was admitted to a local hospital after he suffered severe injury in a road accident on Sunday evening.
His condition was critical and doctors decided to transfer him to a private hospital in the nearby city of Nagpur.
There, his condition worsened and Bharadwaj was declared brain-dead.
He was brought back to the Chhindwara District Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead and his “corpse” sent to the mortuary for an autopsy on Monday afternoon.
“Bharadwaj’s family members then brought him back to the Chhindwara district hospital where doctors later declared him dead as his pulse was missing and he was showing no signs of life,” explained Dr Sushil Dubey, a senior medical officer at the Chhindwara District Hospital.
According to local outlet News18, Dr C. Gedam said of the patient, “The man was declared brain-dead and upon his arrival at Chhindwara hospital his respiration was dysfunctional and the pulse was also missing.”
“However, his respiratory organs began responding this morning.”
Pathologist Dr Nirnay Pandey was about to perform the autopsy when he detected Bharadwaj’s pulse. Of course, his whole team went bonkers and rushed the man to a hospital ward for treatment.
Shortly afterwards, the man was taken to Nagpur for the second time.
The unusual story is at a cliffhanger at the moment as Bharadwaj reportedly continues to be brain-dead.
“At times, in brain-dead patients, the heart and the respiratory system stop functioning transiently, which seems to be the case here,” Dr Gedam said.
“Himanshu is still brain-dead. Thus, we have referred him to Nagpur due to lack of sufficient facilities locally.”
However, Live Mint is reporting that Bharadwaj did in fact regain consciousness and is supposedly in stable condition.
Although Himanshu’s family considers the incident a “miracle”, most don’t. A large crowd gathered in front of the hospital to protest against the negligence.
So far, none of the administrative heads of the State-run hospital have given an official statement to the media.