“Can you believe this?” asks the description of a video shared on Facebook. It shows an elderly woman lying on a hospital bed covered by what seems to be a plastic body bag.
“Doctors told the family that she died from covid-19. They didn’t believe it so they barged in the morgue of the hospital to see for themselves. They unzipped the body bag and found her still alive.”
Did the family of a coronavirus patient find her alive in a morgue after doctors had told them she was dead? We checked.
Woman waiting for hospital bed
A Google search reveals that the video is from Brazil.
She was waiting for a bed to become available, as the hospital was overcrowded with Covid-19 patients. It is unclear whether she had Covid-19.
The director of the hospital told the BBC that the woman was placed on a bag so she could be moved from one stretcher to another, a procedure usually done with a sheet.
The video was recorded by her daughter who said that she sent it to her brother so he could see how their mother was doing. The Brazilian police are now investigating how the video was leaked and who was responsible for spreading the false story. – Naledi Mashishi
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