US: Woman Found Alive After Being Pronounced Dead
A woman has been found alive in a body bag at a funeral home after she was wrongly pronounced dead. The 66-year-old was pronounced dead by Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale in the US. The facility was fined $10,000 for the failure of care.
The woman, who was not been named, was pronounced dead and put into a zipped body bag. She was then taken to Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory where workers found her breathing. They called 911 for support and the woman was taken to hospital.
She arrived at the hospital breathing but unresponsive. She was then returned to hospice care but died two days after the incident.
A nurse who was caring for her said she was unable to find a pulse on the woman and she wasn’t breathing on the night she was put into the body bag.
After an investigation by the department of inspections and appeals, it was deemed the care centre had “failed to provide adequate direction to ensure appropriate cares and services were provided”.
Executive director of the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Lisa Eastman, said in a statement” “We care deeply for our residents and remain fully committed to supporting their end-of-life care,