Man dies in morgue freezer due to doctors' mistake

Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) An unconscious Russian man froze to death after he was put in a morgue freezer alive due to negligence of doctors, an expert said.

Doctors discovered the unconscious body of a 57-year-old man in his apartment in Pskov region Feb 4 and sent him to the morgue after pronouncing him dead.

The man was immediately put in a freezer, said Mikhail Vinogradov, head of the Center for Legal and Psychological Assistance in Extreme Situations.

However, a forensic investigation showed the man was still alive when brought to the morgue.

Vinogradov said doctors and morgue workers had violated a rule that after a person is proclaimed dead, his body has to be kept for a certain period of time at room temperature.

Authorities have called for an investigation, and the head doctor and a deputy have been suspended from service.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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