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US woman mistakenly declared dead, found gasping inside body bag at funeral home

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The hospice care facility is being fined thousands after the state’s inspector reportedly found that it did not treat their resident with dignity and did not provide her appropriate care.

A hospice facility in Iowa is being fined $10,000 after it mistakenly presumed a woman was dead but was found gasping for air inside of a body bag at a funeral home more than two hours later, according to a report from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

On January 3, a staff member at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale determined that the 66-year-old woman had died when she checked on her and found no signs of life, according to the report.

The woman’s “mouth was open, her eyes were fixed, and there were no breath sounds,” , the report said, noting the nurse whom she called on was unable to find a pulse using a stethoscope.

The hospice then called the woman’s family member as well as the funeral home. The director of the funeral home arrived at 7:38 a.m. local time and placed her “inside a cloth bag and zipped it shut,” the report said. However, about 40 minutes later, at 8:26 a.m., when funeral home workers unzipped the body bag, they found her chest moving as she gasped for air.

The funeral called 911 as well as the hospice center. When emergency services personnel arrived on the scene, they recorded her pulse and wrote down she had no eye movement or verbal, vocal or motor response.

The woman was transported back to the care facility, where she died surrounded by her loved ones on January 5, two days after the incident.

The resident, who is unidentified, had been at the center since December of 2021, and was moved into its hospice wing on December 28, 2022 due to “senile degeneration of the brain.” She had been initially diagnosed with early-onset dementia. While in hospice, staff members recorded occurrences of “diminished” lung sounds and minor seizures.

The center’s executive director released a statement to the media, adding she had been in close communication with the resident’s family and that an investigation by the Department of Inspections and Appeals had “just completed.”

Despite the incident, Lisa Eastman, the facility’s executive director, stated: “We care deeply for our residents and remain fully committed to supporting their end-of-life care. All employees undergo regular training so they can best support end-of-life care and the death of our residents.”

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  1. Makes one wonder how many have been put into the crematorium ovens, only to awake and find themselves being roasted alive when the anaesthesia wears off…
    This is what the Nazis did to British Spies, especially to the women serving in the SOE.
    And today, we have Ukrainian Nazis boiling heads, chopping off limbs, etc of both Russian Soldiers and Ukrainians who received humanitarian help from the Russians!
    The A3OB (AZOV) Ukrainian Nazis have been going into the towns and villages after the Russians leave to re-group, and the Nazis execute, dismember, murder, etc. those who received the canned meat and other emergency food items from the Russians.
    They then blame the Russians for their A3OB atrocities.
    & BTW, Germany is sending 88 Panzers to the Ukraine. 8=the eight letter of the alphabet H, or 88 = ‘Heil Hitler’…!
    IF you lose a loved one, and they have directed in their will to be cremated, make sure that they have truly passed!

    • National Security Contributor Frank Figluizzi equated Trump rasing the flag to full staff on August 8th (88) as a secret sign to right wing supporters. “You can’t make this stuff up!”

  2. It could have been Jared Kushner who actually ordered this to happen…
    After all, the criminally-convicted Netanyahu is back in office…and the very far right LIKUD party that supports J3wi$h / Zio-Communist Ukrainian President Zelensky
    One of the biggest deceptions is the fact that Nazism and Zio-Communist Judaism are natural enemies; THEY ARE NOT!
    They work hand in hand!
    Case in point; The Nazi AZOV (A3OB) Terrorist Battalions of the Ukraine, under the control of a J3wi$h President Zelensky…and before that, Poroshenko!

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