By Sarah Keane • 24 January 2021 • 11:15
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NURSING home resident found alive ten days after her funeral in a bizarre case of mistaken identity
Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes, and that could certainly be said about a bizarre case of mistaken identity in a Galicia nursing home that saw a funeral being held for the wrong person, a mistake that wasn’t noticed for nearly two weeks.
EIghty-five-year-old Rogelia Blanco and Concepcion Arias, both residents at the San Bartolome nursing home in Galicia, were transferred to hospital by ambulance on the same day after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Sadly, one of the ladies passed away while being treated at the centre of Pereiro de Aguiar in Ourense.
Staff at the nursing home welcomed ‘Concepcion’ home and posted an obituary and held a funeral for ‘Rogelia’. Imagine their surprise when, some 10 days later, Rogelia, who lives at the nursing home with her husband Ramon, was spotted walking around the centre, very much alive. The mortified staff then had to inform Concepcion’s family that she was the person who had sadly passed away and been buried.
Following the baffling mistake, identification and monitoring systems have been stepped up in the nursing home to prevent this kind of blunder happening again.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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