(CMR) A New York nursing home is under investigation after an 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead only to be found breathing a few hours later at a funeral home.
The woman was a resident at the Water's Edge Rehab and Nursing Center in Port Jefferson. She was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m. and transported to the O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Miller Place at 1:30 p.m. She was later discovered breathing at 2:09 p.m., according to the Suffolk County police.
Police said she was transported to a local hospital; however, her medical condition was not revealed.
The Suffolk County police have referred the case to the New York State Attorney General's Office.
“This is an awful situation that has caused unnecessary trauma for the impacted resident and her loved ones. The Office of the Attorney General is looking into the incident,” a spokesperson for the AG's office told PEOPLE.
A 66-year-old woman was pronounced dead, only to wake up hours later gasping for air at a funeral home in Iowa.
This is the second such incident reported in recent times. Last month, a woman spent at least 40 minutes in a body bag traveling from the Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center to a funeral home.
A funeral home staff unzipped the bag and found the patient's chest moving as she gasped for air. The funeral home then called 911 and hospice.
Emergency responders found the woman breathing but unresponsive. The patient was transferred to the emergency room for further evaluation, then returned to Glen Oaks for continued hospice care. She died a few days later, surrounded by family.