An elderly man at a Shanghai care home was accidentally pronounced dead and four Shanghai officials were fired after visiting a morgue after workers discovered he was in fact still alive.
The incident sparked a widespread backlash in China after videos of workers locating the fault went viral.
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Footage from the incident showed a van carrying a yellow bag on a stretcher outside Shanghai Xinchangzheng Welfare Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Two workers in hazmat suits, who appear to be morgue workers, unpack the body bag in front of a staff member from the care home. Once the bag is open, they back off in shock, insisting that the elder inside is still alive.
A hospital staff member examines the body and re-seals the bag, despite onlookers filming the incident warning that the patient may suffocate.
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The hospital worker consults with two other staff in hazmat suits inside the facility before taking the patient back to the center.
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The highly publicized mistake sparked outrage in China, particularly among residents of Shanghai, which have been under strict lockdown since early April. The sudden lockdown was dire, as many of the city’s 26 million residents struggled to find reliable sources of food during the multi-week lockdown.
Last week, authorities eased restrictions in some areas, allowing nearly half of Shanghai’s residents to leave their homes. However, with new cases emerging in the city, some residents fear that more lockdowns will be imposed.
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Angry Chinese citizens took to Weibo to vent their frustrations with the potentially deadly oversight. Many reported that an elderly person who was mistakenly presumed dead could be buried or cremated alive.
“The problems in Shanghai are fully exposed this time,” reads one comment.
“The government doesn’t care… What’s happening in Shanghai?” Another user wrote.
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Shanghai’s Putuo district government confirmed the accident on Monday morning. After a quick investigation, four officers were fired and two more were reprimanded.
Among the sacked are deputy director Huang Yaozong; section head for elderly services Liu Yinhua; and Wu Yucheng, head of Changzheng Township Social Affairs Development Office.
Ji Feng, the director of the care facility where the incident took place, has also been sacked.
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The doctor in charge of the care home has been barred from practicing medicine and will be under police investigation. The director of Putuo’s Bureau of Civil Affairs, Zhang Jiandong, was also reprimanded.
Shanghai Xinchangzheng Welfare Hospital apologized for the disturbance and morgue staff who saw the man was still alive were awarded 5,000 yuan ($1,000) each by their employers.
The patient, who was mistakenly thought to be dead, is being treated at the hospital.
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