BY JOEL LANDAU NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A 92-year-old German woman woke up in a refrigerated room at a funeral home only hours after a doctor declared her dead.
Authorities have now charged the doctor who could face prison time for his non-fatal mistake that happened in March.
Essen prosecutor Birgit Juergens announced Tuesday the 53-year-old physician, whose name wasn’t released, was charged with negligent bodily harm.
The doctor told authorities his misdiagnosis occurred after a caregiver at her nursing home found the woman, who was seriously ill, without a pulse. She was also not breathing.
But the diagnosis proved inaccurate when she awoke inside the funeral home later that day. She screamed which caught the attention of a very surprised employee.
The patient was released from the funeral home but died two days later due to heart disease that was unrelated to the strange incident.
The doctor is facing a fine or prison time if convicted,
With News Wire Services