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Hospital cleared over crash victim's death

A HOSPITAL in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been cleared from blame over a crash victim who came back to life in his coffin after being pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Instead, a second hospital mistakenly diagnosed the victim as alive, according to a forensic report published yesterday in Neijiang City.

Sichuan Qiushi Forensic Science Institute issued the report after an autopsy on Zhang Houming, 46, today's Neijiang Daily reported.

Zhang and his son were run over by a truck on January 8 while they were riding a motorcycle. Staff from Neijiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital pronounced Zhang dead at the scene, dropping further rescue attempts and concentrating on saving his injured son.

But Zhang's family found him alive at the funeral home four hours later with normal body temperature, breathing and a pulse. They called Neijiang No.6 People's Hospital for emergency help, but rescue attempts failed.

The forensic report said No.6 hospital made an error in diagnosing Zhang as alive, as food residue in his stomach proved he had died before the TCM doctor arrived at the crash scene.


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