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Switched bodies - family sues US mortuary

2012-05-17 20:34

Los Angeles - A family is suing a mortuary over a body switch that resulted in a grandmother being buried in another woman's clothes in California instead of in Nicaragua.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by the 88-year-old woman's family and seeks unspecified damages.

Mercedes Adilia Rodriguez died in 2010. The grandmother of 11 wanted a closed-casket funeral and a final resting spot in Nicaragua.

But Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier told the family they confused her with someone else.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rodriguez was put in an open casket wearing another woman's clothes and was buried in the Whittier cemetery. She was exhumed days later and sent to Nicaragua.

Comments
  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-17 21:09

    are u dead serious? In this modern day and age does this kind of nonsence still take place ... And in america of all places! I would have thought that there would be some type of technology available to avoid this kind of mishaps. Like a barcode underneath the foot visible only with a uv light/scanner etc, etc ,etc!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-05-17 21:56

    A storm in a coffin

  • Mark - 2012-05-18 08:37

    To err is a human condition. Let's not feign shock and horror when it happens.

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