The Corpse of a 109 years old woman buried in Jos, Plateau state, was exhumed after she was found to have been buried by the wrong family.
Mrs. Naomi Bot, kicked the bucket on 26th July, 2019, and was scheduled for internment on Monday, August 5, at Assemblies of God Church, Danye Turu town in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
She was however buried on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in place of Mrs. Kumbo Pam Badung, 103.
Mrs. Badung kicked the bucket on 24th July, 2019 and was to be buried near COCIN LCC Rawuk, Vwang also in Jos South LGA. Her body was however abandoned at the Vom Christian Hospital Mortuary, Jos where it was deposited alongside Mrs. Bot’s, MKB reports.
It was not discovered until Mrs. Bot’s family relations went on Monday morning to pick her cadaver for internment.
Sympathizers were at that point holding up at the Church and at the funeral home premises when close relations requested to have a last look at her before taking her for internment.
“When the hospital attendant opened the corpse after safely locking it in the casket, we discovered the corpse to be different and raised alarm,” said a family member.
Upon examination, it was found that the carcass had been released and buried to a different family two days earlier.
The family however insisted on exhuming. The family source stated:
“We took their own corpse, traced the family and asked to be given back our grand mother’s corpse. They wanted to protest that their casket was expensive and therefore we should only take the corpse and leave the casket for them to bury their real relative but it was already decaying and they had to allow us take it with the casket.”
In spite of the fact that Mrs. Badung’s family conceded not appropriately inspecting the corpse before internment, the circumstance nearly resulted in chaos.
It took the mediation of community and religious leaders to settle the disagreement.
Mrs. Bot was later buried in her ancestral home in Danye Turu almost four hours after the official internment time.
The Vom Christian Hospital says it has set out to sack the Mortuary specialist who swapped the bodies. The decision was taken at an emergency management meeting called after the occurrence.
The hospital will henceforth place name tags on carcasses to turn away future misidentification, its Chief Medical Superintendent, Dr. Fred Dachung told MK.
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