A pathologist about to perform an autopsy on a man who had been pronounced dead for hours succeeded in resuscitating the man after he felt a pulse.

The man identified as Himanshu Bharadwaj, who resided at Professor Colony in Chhindwara, suffered severe injury in a road accident on Sunday evening. he was taken to a hospital but was rushed to another when his condition worsened.

The new hospital a private one in India, later declared Bharadwaj declared brain-dead. They took him back to Chhindwara District Hospital where he was pronounced dead and his ‘body’ sent for autopsy.

Pathologist Dr. Nirnay Pandey, who was set to perform the autopsy detected Bharadwaj’s pulse. He was immediately taken to a ward in the hospital and attended to.

“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,” Dr C Gedam of the Chhindwara District Hospital said. “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,” the doctor added.

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