Monday, March 21, 2005

and you thought you were having a bad day

You can't make this stuff up!!

Woman taken to morgue by mistake / CBC News
VANCOUVER – An elderly woman in a deep slumber was mistakenly sent to the morgue over the weekend after body collectors confused her with her deceased roommate.

Health authorities say a driver that transports the dead failed to check the woman's identification bracelets and ended up taking the 87-year-old to a morgue across the street from her extended care facility.

The mix-up was only discovered when workers at the Surrey Memorial morgue noticed some movement on the stretcher where the woman lay sleeping.

Helen Carkner, a spokesperson for the Fraser Health Authority, says the woman's family is just pleased the error was uncovered, before she realized what was going on.

"They spoke to our Surrey health leadership and to people at Shirley Dean Pavilion (the extended care facility) and they were very understanding that a mistake had been made and appropriate action taken."

Carkner says staff at the care facility also noticed that the woman was missing and promptly alerted security at the hospital to have her returned.

She says the driver who transported the woman was relatively new to the job but has been fired by Vancouver First Call Service.

One thing that made me smile today: Cross your fingers folks, we might be moving. Mark and I might be buying a new house. Watch this space for details!!

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