A Chinese man who was previously pronounced dead by doctors reportedly returned home alive, amazed his family members.
The 43-year-old, known by his surname Jiao, appeared two months after his family organized a funeral service for him and cremated a body taken from a hospital.
The man’s frightened uncle told local media that the entire family was so shocked that they thought Jiao had “come back to life.” The hospital claimed that doctors mistook another deceased patient for Mr. Jiao because the two were very similar.
The 43-year-old, known by his surname Jiao, surprised his family when he returned home two months later after they organized a funeral service for him and cremated a body that had been taken from the hospital. The file photo shows a brown casket at a funeral service in China
A Chinese man who was pronounced dead and cremated by doctors shocked his family when he returned home after the hospital “mistook another patient for him.” The file photo shows a woman worshiping her deceased ancestors for the Hong Kong family grave
According to his uncle, known by his surname Liu, Mr. Jiao, who reportedly suffered from mental illness, was reported missing from his home in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing.
The concerned family reported to the police in March after they could not find Mr. Jiao.
Police contacted them in early April and said the man was being treated at a hospital in Wenzhou in eastern Zhejiang Province, China.
The family arrived at the hospital the next day. The doctors told them that it was unlikely that Mr. Jiao would survive after suffering from serious infectious diseases caused by tuberculosis (TB).
Mr. Jiao’s uncle said he couldn’t identify his “cousin” who was covered in a mask while being supported by an oxygen machine.
The doctors also prevented the family from seeing Mr. Jiao up close because of concerns about contracting the corona virus, Mr. Liu told the local media Wenzhou Evening newspaper.
The family decided to bring the dying patient back home and spent 12,000 yuan (£ 1,368) on transportation.
But the man was pronounced dead by the doctors after all treatment failed while being returned to Chongqing.
The family did not see the body after it was immediately sent to a crematorium in Chongqing due to coronavirus limitations.
The devastated family spent another 140,000 yuan (£ 15,965) on a grand funeral service for Mr. Jiao.
The doctors claimed they mistook another deceased patient for Mr. Jiao because the two were very similar. The file photo taken on April 3 shows a man cleaning a grave during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Shanghai, China
The 43-year-old, known by his surname Jiao, surprised his family when he returned home two months later after they organized a funeral service for him and cremated a body that had been taken from the hospital. The file photo taken on March 25 shows workers presenting flowers in memory of dead people at a ceremony to sweep a grave in Nanjing, Jiangsu
While the family was dealing with grief, Mr. Jiao’s uncle received a surprising phone call from the police at the end of May.
Police officers in Shangrao, southeastern China’s Jiangxi Province, said they found a homeless man who claimed to be Mr. Jiao.
With the help of the police, the Chongqing resident returned home safely and was eventually reunited with his family on June 5.
Due to his mental state, Mr. Jiao was unable to explain how he traveled nearly 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) from Chongqing to Shangrao, the Chinese media said.
The hospital in Wenzhou told the local newspaper that the doctors had accidentally identified another man who was not identified by name, namely Mr. Jiao because the two were very similar.
The medical workers claimed that the patient was carrying Mr. Jiao’s ID when he was rushed to the hospital.
Mr. Jiao’s uncle said he couldn’t identify his “cousin” who was covered in a mask while being supported by an oxygen machine. The file photo taken on March 1 shows Wuhan treating a critical coronavirus patient with ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
“The doctors had checked the identity photo with the patient and they were very similar,” said Dr. Liu Xiao, chief surgeon at Wenzhou Chinese Traditional Medicine Hospital.
“We took a photo and sent it to the police. It was the responsibility of the police to identify the person and contact the family, ”added Dr. Liu ready.
The doctors said the two men had previously been diagnosed with TB, which confused the doctors’ identities.
The hospital also claimed that health workers had allowed Mr. Jiao’s family to identify the patient.
Zhu Jing, a matron at the hospital, said, “If the family couldn’t identify the patient, how should we do that?”
Mister Jiao’s family has filed damages from Wenzhou Hospital for mistaking someone else for the Chongqing man.