Four Chinese officials were fired Monday after a senior citizen from Shanghai was loaded into a body bag and transported from his nursing home while still alive.
Videos of the shocked mortuary workers discovering that the man was still alive went viral on social media Sunday. The workers can be seen opening the yellow body bag and one worker saying he was still alive.
Officials in Putuo, Shanghai, confirmed the report late Monday night. The elderly man was taken to a local hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition. Authorities in the district said that five workers and a doctor are under investigation following widespread outrage on Chinese social media.
Users of China’s social media platform “Weibo” commented on the incident, with one user saying, “the problems in Shanghai are fully exposed this time.” Other users noted that the elderly man could have easily been cremated or buried had the mortuary workers not discovered he was still alive.