Naturopath on trial
JOONDALUP Health Campus is “deeply sorry” and investigating how the hospital managed to misplace the body of a deceased mother, who had wanted her remains to be donated to science.
A hospital spokeswoman said officials did not know how long the investigation would take, but they were working closely with the family. JHC director of clinical services Ben Irish said “the hospital is deeply sorry for the distress caused to the family”.
“We take their concerns seriously and a full investigation continues,” he said.
“Until this investigation is complete it is not possible to comment further.”
Gloria Keele died of cancer at the hospital last month.
Her daughter Karen, who lives in Mandurah, told local media said her mother had “always wanted her body to go to science”.
She said Ms Keele had been told by a staff member the hospital would organise her body to be sent to UWA.
Confusion arose when Karen went to the Mandurah courthouse to collect her mother’s death certificate but was told there was no registration of it.
The family then learned UWA had received the paperwork for Ms Keele but did not receive her body.
After inquiries, the family discovered the body had been moved to a funeral home because the morgue was full.
By then it was too late for her body to be donated to science because remains cannot be accepted more than five days after death.
Ms Keele’s sister Natalie said her sister’s body had been “sitting there for three weeks”.
Mauricio Ignac Bascunan Cabrera (right) with his lawyer.