New York woman found breathing at funeral home after being pronounced dead | new York
An 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home only to be found breathing three hours later at the funeral home where she was taken, authorities said.
It was the second time in about a month that something like this had happened in the United States, officials said.
The woman in the most recent case was at Water’s Edge Rehab and Nursing Center in Long Island’s Port Jefferson on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. when she was pronounced dead, local county police said.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was reportedly taken to OB Davis Funeral Homes in Miller Place, New York at 1:30 p.m. Police said she was discovered breathing at 2:09 p.m.
The woman was taken to hospital. No update on his condition was available on Monday.
The declaration of apparent untimely death came days after an Iowa continuing care home was fined $10,000 (£8,320) over a similar case.
Authorities in Iowa said a 66-year-old woman was pronounced dead Jan. 3 at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale, Iowa, where she was receiving hospice care.
The woman was placed in a body bag and taken to Ankeny Funeral Home and Crematorium. Funeral home staff members then unzipped the body bag to find the woman alive and out of breath, The New York Times reported, attributing the information to a citation from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Staff at the facility called 911 and she was referred to hospice care, where she died Jan. 5, the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeal said in a report.
Police said the New York case has been referred to the state attorney general’s office for investigation.