An Iowa woman, 66, reportedly woke up in a body bag
“gasping for air”
after her nursing home thought she died and sent her to a funeral home, reports the New York Post.
The nursing home, Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, is currently facing $10,000 in fines after three workers weren’t able to detect whether the woman was still alive. A release report by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals noted that the woman died two days after the incident.
The incident occurred when an employee couldn’t find the 66-year-old woman’s pulse. Reports added that the patient had early-onset dementia and anxiety. Six days before she was mistakenly declared dead, she was transferred to the facility’s hospice. According to a report, the unidentified patient suffered from small seizures and had
lung noises as well as showcased indications of
reports The Post. The employee, who was at the end of her 12-hour shift, informed a nurse practitioner, who told officials that she failed to see the woman breathing and couldn’t find her pulse. The patient was later declared dead at 6:30 a.m.
Another nurse practitioner and a funeral home staff member placed her in a bodybag as they also thought she was dead. The 66-year-old patient was transported to the Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory, where other workers realized she wasn’t dead.
A report said,
“At approximately 8:26 a.m. funeral home staff unzipped the bag and observed Resident #1’s chest was moving and she was gasping for air.”
The funeral home contacted first responders and she was taken to a local hospital. Although she was breathing, the woman was unresponsive. The woman was then taken back to hospice, where she passed away two days later with her family beside her.
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