A 45-year-old man, declared ‘dead’ following a road accident, was found alive after spending a night in the freezer of a hospital morgue, Indian media has reported.

The man named Srikesh Kumar was admitted to a clinic in a critical condition after he met with an accident. He was declared dead by a doctor. “The emergency medical officer examined him. He did not find any signs of life and hence declared him dead,” Mr Rajendra Kumar, the hospital’s medical superintendent, told AFP on Sunday.

His body was placed in a morgue freezer for six hours until his family and the police arrived. “When a police team and his family came over to initiate the paperwork for the autopsy, he was found alive,” said Kumar.

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“This is nothing short of a miracle,” he added. As per reports, the man is in a coma.