Chinese district authorities have fired four officials after an elderly patient from a Shanghai care home was believed to be dead and loaded into a hearse.
On Sunday, online videos emerged showing two people who appear to be mortuary workers placing the body bag into a vehicle.
The workers are later seen pulling the bag open, and one can be heard saying the patient is still alive.
The incident has sparked widespread anger on Chinese social media.
Officials in the Shanghai district of Putuo confirmed the incident late on Monday, adding that the patient had since been taken to hospital and was in a stable condition.
District authorities said five officials and one doctor were under investigation.
Four officials, including the deputy director of the local civil affairs bureau and the director of the care home, were fired. A doctor identified only by their surname Tian, also had their medical license revoked.
The patient's identity is still unknown.