The medical examiner in Caracas, Venezuela faced an odd situation this week when the man they were cutting began to bleed — an indication that he was very much alive. Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue. They were wrong.
Camejo woke in the middle of the examination in excruciating pain. When his grieving wife came to identify the body, she found her husband alive and in the corridor.
I am going to go out the limb on this one and say that there is clear negligence. Thus far, however, Camejo only has an autopsy certificate and scar to show for his ordeal. A unique keepsake for a living coroner subject to be sure, but hardly compensation.
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