Authorities told an 82-year-old woman who had been transferred to a funeral parlor after being declared dead in a nursing home in New York was found breathing three hours later.
At 11:15 a.m., the woman was declared deceased at the Water’s Edge Rehab, and Nursing Center in Port Jefferson, Long Islan, Suffolk County police reported on Saturday.
The woman was brought to the O.B., but her name was not publicized. 1:30 p.m. at Davis Funeral Homes in Miller Place, according to a press statement from the police. According to them, she was found breathing at 2:09 pm.
A hospital received the woman. Her condition has not changed as of Monday.
Days before the apparent premature declaration of death, an Iowa continuing care facility was penalized $10,000 for a similar event.
Authorities in Iowa reported that a 66-year-old lady receiving hospice care was pronounced dead on January 3 at the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale.
Authorities claimed the woman was put in a body bag and taken to the Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory when staff discovered she was breathing and dialed 911.
According to a report released by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals, she was transferred back to hospice care, where she passed away on January 5.
According to police, the state attorney general’s office has been tasked with investigating the New York case.
The nursing home was contacted via email for comment. On Monday, the individual who answered the phone there hung up.
“Out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of the families we are proud to serve, we are not in a position to speak further on this situation,” funeral home representatives told Newsday on Sunday.