On Saturday, an 82-year-old woman from the Water’s Edge Rehab and Nursing Center in Long Island was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m.
Her body was transported to O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Miller Place, located around 6 miles away, at 1:30 p.m. However, within an hour of arriving at the funeral home, employees noticed that the elderly woman was still breathing and was alive, according to Law & Crime.
As a result, she was quickly taken to a medical facility. The woman’s name has not been revealed due to privacy concerns. O.B. Davis Funeral Home released a statement explaining that they cannot comment further on the matter due to the confidentiality of the families they serve.
The New York Attorney General Letitia James’ spokesperson released a statement expressing their shock at the situation, stating that it had caused unnecessary trauma for the involved resident and her family, as reported by NBC News.
The Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the Long Island incident. This incident is reminiscent of one that happened in Iowa in January.
At the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Iowa, a nurse declared that a 66-year-old woman in hospice care had passed away.
The nurse noted that she could not detect a pulse or any abdominal movement indicating breathing. The woman’s body was then transferred to a funeral home, where it was placed in a cloth bag and zipped shut.
Shockingly, staff members at the funeral home soon discovered that the woman was still alive. She was rushed to the emergency room before being returned to hospice care, where she, unfortunately, passed away two days later. The hospital facility was fined $10,000 for the incident.