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In care home mix up, misidentified COVID-19 victim buried by live woman’s family

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An elderly care home resident who died of COVID-19 last week was misidentified and buried even as her family was being reassured that she was alive and well, her grandson said Sunday.

Meanwhile, a second family was notified that their relative had died when she was, in fact, alive.

Chaya Freiman’s identity apparently became mixed up with that of another virus patient when they were transferred between care homes, leading to the mistake.

Freiman’s family only found out about her death three days after she was interred, and then only by chance, after a fresh photo of the second woman — who had supposedly died — was sent to shocked staff at her original care home.

Fitusi said Freiman’s family felt it was “being lied to” by officials. “We have no explanations as to what happened to my grandmother and it breaks our hearts to imagine what she might have gone through, and that we couldn’t even bury her properly according to tradition and sit shiva.”

The Health Ministry has said it will set up a committee to investigate the matter, while the two care homes involved have blamed each other for the incident.

Freiman’s family has asked the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court to order her body exhumed from the Beersheba grave, to allow an autopsy to be performed and to enable them to bury her in her........

© The Times of Israel

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