What do you think about this?

@sudalunts (5526)
United States
August 27, 2008 3:31pm CST
I have a cousin who lives in New York, she was in the hospital suffering with cancer, she has a son. Unfortunately she expired. She has a sister who live in North Carolina, and she called the hospital to see how her sister was doing, and was told that her sister had died. The hospital did not call any family members to let them know of her demise. Her son told the hospital that he wanted his mother's body released to the funeral home, and the hospital said that they were not releasing the body until they do an autopsy. I thought that a death from illness in a hospital did not warrant an autopsy unless the family consents to it. She had cancer, not a communicable disease. I do not know why the hospital refuse to release the body. Mylotter's what do you think is going on here?
2 responses
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
get him a lawyer. this may be a trick for the hospital to generate more money by doing an autopsy. and hospitals can't do autopsy without the consent of the immediate family. communicable or noncommunicable disease, if it's without the consent, they can't open up the body and do autopsy. he better go straight to the hospital administrator, esp. time is ticking. if they insist, go get him a lawyer.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I haven't heard the latest update, but I know that the family is not going for this. I posted because I have never heard of such, and thought other may have an idea why this is happening. I appreciate your response, and you are correct on all counts. I am sure the family will have a lawyer involved ASAP
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
27 Aug 08
That's what I thought, too. The son needs to talk to the hospital administrator about this because the hospital is not going to do that autopsy for free so maybe they're trying to drive up your cousin's bill.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I don't know, but it really seems fishy. First not notifying the family, then want to do an unauthorized autopsy. I know her son is talking with the hospital, and her other sister will be arriving from North Carolina soon, because they want answers.