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Indian Man Declared Dead By Doctors Is Found To Have A Pulse Moments Before His Autopsy

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

This is one of everyone's worsts nightmares: 

Himanshu Bharadwaj was seriously injured in a car crash in India and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. His condition worsened and in an effort to save his life, he was moved to a hospital in Nagpur. There, Bharadwaj was declared brain-dead and then later medically dead. His body was moved back to Chhindwara District Hospital to the morgue, where it lay until his scheduled autopsy the next morning.

As pathologist Dr. Nirnay Pandey prepared for Bharadwaj's autopsy that morning, he noticed a pulse.

Acting quickly, Pandey had the patient moved back into the hospital to begin life-sustaining treatments again.

According to a News18 interview with Dr C Gedam of the Chhindwara District Hospital: 

The man was declared brain dead and upon his arrival at Chhindwara hospital his respiration was dysfunctional and the pulse was also missing. However, his respiratory organs began responding this morning. At times, in brain-dead patients, the heart and the respiratory system stop functioning transiently, which seems to be the case here. Himanshu is still brain dead. Thus, we have referred him to Nagpur due to lack of sufficient facilities locally.