An elderly Vietnamese man thought to have died in a hospital revived after spending the night in the morgue, state media and a doctor said yesterday.
Nguyen Van Quan, 73, was declared dead and taken to a Ho Chi Minh City hospital morgue on the night of August 15 but was found alive by his daughter the next morning as she was retrieving the body for the funeral, the Vietnam News daily said.
"I was shocked and frightened when I saw the blanket that covered my father moving," Quan's daughter was quoted as saying. "When the morgue's officials pulled back the blanket, my father's eyes moved, brightening with joy."
A doctor at the Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital, where Quan had been admitted after complaining of chest pain, told Reuters: "He is now still in the emergency section."
After Quan's heart failed and he was declared dead, the man was placed in the morgue where he lay for seven hours among corpses.
The doctor declined to elaborate on the case but said investigations into
the incident were under way.