The woman was declared dead at the funeral home

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A woman in Nebraska who was mistaken for dead at a nursing home and later found to be alive at a funeral home has now really died, authorities have confirmed.
Constance Glantz, 74, was declared dead at a nursing home near the state capital of Lincoln on Monday.
Staff at a local funeral home that she was then brought to noticed about two hours later that she was still breathing.
Ms Glantz was quickly taken to hospital, but officials said that she was later declared dead – for a second time – soon after.
On Tuesday at around 16:00 local time she was pronounced dead for a second time, Mr Houchin later told reporters.
In June last year, 76-year-old Bella Montoya in Ecuador was declared dead following a suspected stroke, placed in a coffin and taken to a funeral parlour for a vigil ahead of her burial.
In 2018, a South African woman who was initially declared dead following a road accident was discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.
“Sometimes somebody may look like they’re dead but they’re not quite dead,” Dr Hughes told the BBC after the incident in Ecuador.


According to authorities, a woman in Nebraska who was thought to be dead at a nursing home but was later discovered to be alive at a funeral home has passed away.

On Monday, a nursing home outside of Lincoln, the state capital, pronounced Constance Glantz, 74, dead.

After bringing her to a nearby funeral home, employees discovered that she was still breathing approximately two hours later. They started giving her CPR right away.

After being rushed to the hospital, Ms. Glantz was reportedly pronounced dead a second time not long after, according to officials.

The nursing home does not appear to have had any criminal intent, according to the police, who are currently looking into the incident.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ben Houchin stated at a press conference on Monday, “This is a very unusual case.”.

It’s been 31 years since I started doing this, and nothing similar has ever reached this stage. “.

Because Ms. Glantz was under hospice care and the circumstances did not fall under the purview of a coroner, Mr. Houchin told reporters that a coroner was not called to the nursing home after it declared her dead.

He clarified that Ms. Glantz’s passing had been expected.

“A doctor had seen her within the previous seven days, and the doctor was prepared to sign the death certificate,” additional information was provided. The death occurred when nothing unusual was happening.

She was pronounced dead a second time on Tuesday at about 16:00 local time, Mr. Houchin subsequently informed reporters.

He also mentioned that the results of a post-mortem examination could take up to 12 weeks and that it had been scheduled for later on Tuesday.

Houchin continued, “The funeral home did nothing wrong at all. It was they who discovered she was still alive. “.

The BBC has contacted a nursing home that has been identified by local media for comment, but Mr. Houchin did not identify the residences at the center of the incident.

The BBC also made contact with Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home, the funeral home mentioned in the local media. The funeral home released a statement stating, “We are proud that our directors and staff handled the recent incident in the news appropriately and with upmost care.”. “.

The declaration of death followed by an admission of still being alive is not unique to Ms. Glantz.

Bella Montoya, 76, of Ecuador, was pronounced dead in June of last year after suffering what appeared to be a stroke. She was then placed in a coffin and brought to a funeral parlor for a vigil before being buried. They opened the coffin to change her clothes, and five hours later they discovered she was still alive. But she did pass away a few days later.

A South African woman found alive in a mortuary fridge in 2018 after being pronounced dead in a car accident.

Although such cases are uncommon, “death is a process,” according to Dr. Stephen Hughes, a senior lecturer in medicine at Anglia Ruskin University’s School of Medicine in Chelmsford.

“After the incident in Ecuador, sometimes someone may look dead, but they’re not quite dead,” Dr. Hughes told the BBC. “A thorough inspection is required. “.

According to Dr Hughes, certain drugs can cause the body to slow down, giving the impression that a person has died, and that medical professionals frequently wait at least a minute to declare someone dead in order to listen for heartbeats or breathing effort.

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