Natur­opath on trial

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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.

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