Woman thought to be dead found alive at US funeral home

A patient at a US hospice who was thought to be dead was alive, according to police, and was found breathless by employees of a funeral home in Nebraska.

Constance Glantz, 74, was pronounced dead Monday morning at the Lincoln nursing home where she was receiving hospice care and was transferred to the Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home, according to abc news.

But when a funeral home employee attended to her body shortly before noon, they noticed her breathing and staff immediately began CPR and called the authorities. New York Post reports.

Ms. Glantz was taken to a nearby hospital, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said, where she is being treated and is still alive.
“It’s a very unusual case,” said Lancaster County Deputy Chief Ben Houchin.

“I’ve been doing this for 31 years and I’ve never gotten this far.”

No charges are expected to be brought against the nursing home because the staff expected Ms. Glantz to die during her stay at the hospice and there was nothing suspicious about her apparent death.

“We have not been able to establish any criminal intent on the part of the nursing home, but the investigation is ongoing,” Houchin said.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.

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