Man dies days after being wrongly declared dead and put in mortuary freezer

A man who was rescued from a mortuary freezer has now died.

Indian Mr Balasubramanyam was mistakenly declared dead by a doctor at a private hospital on Monday, but he has now passed away days after being rescued in Salem in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

He remained in the freezer until the next day when undertakers who came to collect the body for the funeral saw it shaking and realised that he was still alive.

Police have said they have registered a case against the family for "acting rashly or negligently to endanger human life".

Salem police chief Senthil Kumar said the family was unable to produce a medical certificate of Mr Balasubramanyam's death.

Dr Balajinathan, chief of the government hospital in Salem, said the patient was admitted in a drowsy condition and died of lung-related problems.

He said it was unclear how many hours Mr Balasubramanyam spent inside the freezer and whether his death was a result of that.

The family claims that he also suffered from neurological problems. Mr Balasubramanyam is survived by his wife, two daughters and a brother.

After he was first pronounced dead on Monday, his family took the body home and called a local undertaker to send a freezer box. They then informed relatives they would be holding a funeral the following day.

The funeral company said they were told by Mr Balasubramanyam's brother that he had a "signed letter of a doctor regarding his demise".

It is not clear how he survived the freezing temperatures inside a box for nearly 24 hours and whether the private hospital, where he was initially declared dead, was being investigated over the incident.

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