A Chinese Resident Returned Home Two Months After His Family Was Allegedly Given His Body
A Chinese resident whose relatives were informed of his death by doctors returned home two months later, shocking the family.
As it turned out, the hospital mistook him for another patient who looked very much like him.
According to the Daily Mail, a 43-year-old man suffering from a mental disorder left home and did not return. His relatives went to the police in March, and in April, they were told that their loved one was allegedly in a hospital in another city.
The family went to the hospital, where they were told that the man had serious infectious diseases. According to the patient's uncle, he could not identify his "nephew" because the patient was wearing an oxygen mask. In order not to risk infection with the coronavirus during the pandemic, relatives were not allowed to get close to the patient.
Relatives decided to take him home but did not have time, as the man died suddenly. His body was not released to the family but was immediately cremated due to measures to combat COVID-19.
Relatives held a lavish funeral that cost them 140 thousand yuan (just under $20 thousand). Two months later, they received a call from another province of China, where the police found a homeless man who is probably their missing relative.
In early June, he was finally reunited with his family. Due to his mental disorder, he could not explain how he ended up 1500 km from home.
The hospital said it had incorrectly identified the patient because the men were "very similar" and the patient had a missing person's ID card. The family demands compensation.