Man rescued from freezer after being mistakenly declared dead later dies

A pensioner who was rescued from a freezer after being mistakenly declared dead by his family died days later. Balasubramanian Kumar, 74, had been sick and bed-ridden when he stopped moving at his home in the village of Kandhampatti in Tamil Nadu state, India, on Monday. His relatives thought he had died and called for a freezer box to be delivered so that they could keep the body for the performance of last rites.  He was kept in the freezer for 20 hours until an employee arrived to pick it up and noticed Mr Kumar was moving.

He was taken to hospital but lost his battle to live on Friday. In video footage taken of Mr Kumar, the man holding the camera asks: ‘His hands are trembling, how?’ ‘Oh, it’s fits (seizures),’ the man’s brother, named locally as Saravanan replies. When asked how this could be possible if he was dead, Saravanan replies: ‘His soul has not left him yet.’  The story was first reported on a Tamil news channel but quickly made national headlines. Police were called and are now investigating the family for not carrying out a proper medical check before declaring Mr Kumar dead. Sub-inspector Rajasekaran of the Sooramangalam Police told The Independent that a case has been filed under Sections 287 (negligent conduct to endanger human life) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.