Shanghai authorities in China are reportedly investigating after a viral video appears to capture the moment an elderly man was mistaken for dead and wheeled out of his nursing home in a body bag.
The video was shared widely on Chinese social media platforms by onlookers, and also on Twitter, as funeral home staff realise the man in the bag is still alive, and quickly learn of the nursing home’s error.
Two workers in hazmat suits are preparing to transfer the body into the back of the car when suddenly they notice the bag move.
It’s at this moment the staffers reportedly opened the bag and raised the cloth which had been covering the face of so-called dead man.
“He’s alive! He’s alive, I saw it,” one of the workers shouts, according to a translation from journalist Manya Koestse.
They confirmed the elderly man – whose identity hasn’t been revealed – still had vital signs, so they removed him from the car and wheeled him back inside the building.
The man has reportedly been transferred to a hospital and is in stable condition, according to the Putuo District Civil Affairs Bureau, which confirmed the incident on Monday morning.