When a man’s body bag was unlocked the day after it arrived at the morgue, staff were greeted by a strangely disturbing sight: There was fresh blood on the man’s hospital gown. due to a laceration on his arm, his limbs have moved from their original position…and his eyes are open.
The state coroner’s office in Perth, Australia, is currently investigating alarming claims from a doctor that the 55-year-old man may have been taken to a hospital morgue while he was still alive.
This horror story concerns the final hours of Kevin Reid, a patient in palliative care at Rockingham Hospital. The incident came to light after the doctor involved also claimed that hospital officials had asked him to back up Reid’s death certificate to cover up the incident.
“I believe that the bleeding from the new skin laceration, the arm position and the eye markings are not consistent with that of a person who was autopsied upon arrival at the morgue,” read part of the report by the unnamed doctor. to the coroner, first reported by Business newsletter.
It is assumed that Reid was placed in a body bag on the night of September 5 without a death certificate issued. Other staff at the hospital confirmed that he had his eyes closed and that he was wearing a clean gown before being taken to the hospital morgue, where a doctor conducted an examination and recorded the death as on September 6.
This discrepancy was discovered by a funeral home director, who asked the hospital why the death certificate said Reid died on September 6 when the night before his family members were at the hospital. hospital and were told that their loved one had passed away.
At the time, the doctor is said to have requested a backup of the death certificate — a request the doctor denied. The doctor has given up his role at the hospital, Guardians report. “I believe there are governance, compliance and integrity issues,” the doctor’s report to the coroner added.
Opposition spokesman Libby Mettam described the incident as gruesome. “It’s worrying that a doctor might have given instructions to duplicate a death certificate,” she said, adding: “It was a sign of a cover-up.”
Although rare, cases of people being declared dead are not entirely unheard of, including in the US In 2020, one 20 years old Michigan woman was declared dead by paramedics and taken to the morgue in a body bag. Hours later, a funeral parlor preparing to embalm her discovered her breathing with her eyes wide open.