An 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home but was found alive three hours later at the funeral home to which she had been taken, authorities said.
The woman was pronounced dead at Water’s Edge Nursing Home in Port Jefferson, Long Island, at 11:15 am Saturday, Suffolk County Police said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to the OB Davis Funeral Home on Miller Place at 1:30 p.m., according to a police statement. She was found breathing at 2:09 p.m., she added.
She was transferred to a hospital. No information was available on her condition Monday.
The apparent declaration of untimely death came days after an Iowa nursing home was fined $10,000 for a similar incident.
Iowa authorities reported that a 66-year-old woman was pronounced dead Jan. 3 at the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale, where she was receiving hospice care.
The woman was placed in a body bag and taken to Ankeny Funeral Home and Crematorium, where workers checked that she was breathing and called 911, according to authorities.
She was returned to hospice care, where she died on January 5, according to a report issued last week by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals.
The New York case has been referred to the state attorney general’s office for investigation, according to police.
The residence was emailed for comment. A person who answered the phone on Monday hung up.
Funeral home officials told Newsday on Sunday: “Out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of the families we have the honor to serve, we are not in a position to comment further on this matter.”
Source: El Nuevo Herald