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No tag, family takes wrong body from Patiala hospital

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 29

In a major goof-up, the body of a Covid patient was allegely swapped at the mortuary of Government Rajindra Hospital today.

The family members of a Ludhiana resident, who died of Covid on Tuesday, took the body in the ambulance today. When they reached Ludhiana, they realised that the body was not of their family member. Consequently, it was brought back to the hospital's mortuary. In the evening, the family members identified the deceased and took the corpse.

'Attendant's error'

We have handed over the body to the family members. The son of the deceased mistakenly identified the wrong body and has admitted his mistake. — Dr Preetinder Chahal, Coordinator

It has been learnt that the family had taken the body of a Sangrur resident, who was a suspected Covid patient.

However, officials at the mortuary refuted any negligence on their part. They said the body sent to them did not have any identification tag. Moreover, the body was identified by the deceased's son.

Dr Preetinder Chahal, coordinator, dead body disposal department, said, "We have already handed over the right body to the family members. Moreover, the son of the deceased had identified the body and admitted his mistake." The son had given in writing that due to stress, he could not recognise his father.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said, "The son of the deceased has apologised to the department. However, how come the body didn't have a tag is a matter of concern."

from The Tribune

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