An investigation has been launched after an 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home – only to be found breathing three hours later at a funeral home.
The woman is believed to have died at Water’s Edge Rehab and Nursing Center in Port Jefferson on Long Island at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Suffolk County Police said the woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to OB Davis Funeral Homes in Miller Place at 1.30pm.
She was discovered breathing at 2:09 p.m.
She was taken to the hospital. No update on his condition was available on Monday.
The state attorney general and the Department of Health are investigating.
It occurs only a few weeks after a nursing home in iowa was fined $10,000 (£8,300) for a similar episode.
Authorities said a 66-year-old woman was pronounced dead Jan. 3 at 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 discovered she was breathing and called 911.
She was discharged into hospice care, where she died on January 5.