Woman Pronounced Dead Found Breathing In Body Bag At Funeral Home

  • Employees at an Iowa medical care center mistakenly deemed a 66-year-old woman in hospice care dead and coordinated her transportation in a cloth bag to a funeral home, according to a report from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
  • The report noted that when a staff member at the funeral home unzipped her bag, they witnessed her “chest moving and she gasped for air.”
  • The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals fined the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center $10,000 for violating a resident’s dignity and for failing to “assume the responsibility for the overall operation of the residential care facility.”
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