The pallor of the woman’s skin caused the doctor who examined her to pronounce the woman dead and he had her sent to the morgue.
But seven hours later when cemetery workers removed the corpse for burial they realised the woman had only been dead a very short time, prosecutor Ralph Meyer said.
The doctor has not been charged, although he is the subject of an investigation.
“We can’t be certain at this point whether the woman died of cold in the morgue, but it seems quite likely and this is why we have decided to investigate the doctor’s responsibility,” said Mr Meyer.
August 5, 2007
Investigations are under way in Argentina after two people – a man aged 71 and a premature baby – were falsely declared dead in separate incidents.
Juan Llandor’s family started making funeral arrangements after being informed that he had died after a four-year fight against kidney cancer.
His body was moved to the hospital morgue for collection by undertakers.
But three hours later, a hospital employee went to move another body and realised that Mr Llandor was breathing.
The family was called again and they postponed the funeral.
“It was an incredible situation,” said his daughter, Ana Maria.
Meanwhile, there was a similar incident in another town in Buenos Aires province when a baby girl was born prematurely.
Doctors tried to revive her, but she was declared dead shortly afterwards and the body taken to the morgue.
But several hours later, she was found crying.
The mother was called and declared her daughter to be a miracle.
Unfortunately, she died three days later.
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