Hospital in Bangkok interrupts funeral, says they accidentally gave the wrong corpse

Staff from a hospital in Bangkok interrupted a funeral right before the cremation ceremony to tell the family that they had accidentally given them the wrong corpse.

After discovering that the wrong corpse had been given away, staff from the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok quickly went to the ceremony and told the family “the corpses were switched!”

The husband of the 55 year old woman who had died from cancer while infected with Covid-19 says he picked up his wife’s body from the Siriraj Hospital. The body was in a sealed bag and there was no name tag. He says he asked officers to make sure his wife’s body was in the bag, and they confirmed.

For Buddhist funeral ceremonies, monks typically chant for three to seven days, but since the pandemic, many have shortened the ceremonies to only one day for the cremation ceremony. Under Covid-19 prevention measures, hospitals deliver the bodies of those who died while infected with the virus to cremation ceremonies and families are told not to open the sealed body bag to prevent the spread of the disease.

The husband told Thai media that the hospital staff realised their mistake when they couldn’t find the corpse for another family. Since he lost his trust in the hospital, he asked staff to open the bag so he could confirm that he had been given his wife’s body.

The hospital issued a letter apologising for their mistake, adding that the hospital will investigate and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Hospital in Bangkok interrupts funeral, says they accidentally gave the wrong corpse | News by Thaiger
The official apology letter from the Siriraj Hospital | Photo via Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital

SOURCE: Sanook | Khaosod | Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.