Grieving family receives wrong body to bury.
According to IOL, when Wele Sigamlele from Site C in Khayelitsha fell sick and his health deteriorated, his family said they sent him to the Khayelitsha District Hospital to be admitted as he was diabetic. He was then transferred to Tygerberg Hospital where he died a few days later.
His son Unathi said, “My father was transferred to Tygerberg Hospital on May 12 and on May 19 a doctor called the family, informing us that he passed away.
The next day we made arrangements with our funeral parlour and went to Tygerberg Hospital to remove him.”
“We went to the private contractor who told us the funeral parlour couldn’t take the body as it was infected and the needed adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
This came as a shock to us.” he said.
According to the family, no health official or Tygerberg Hospital official had informed them that their father had contracted Covid-19.
The family arranged for their parlour to buy PPE’s on the same day and was able to take the body to their facility, and then travelled to Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape to bury their father.
“We held a brief service and when the funeral parlour was getting ready to take the casket to the graveyard, we pleaded with them to allow us to practise our belief and see him.”
“To our shock we saw a man we have never seen before in our lives. The parlour blamed their workers, saying they must have accidently switched the bodies.” said Unathi
The family did their own investigation and found that a family from Mtwalume in KZN was given the body.
“Unfortunately, when we got there on May 30, they had already buried my father. We followed all procedures and the body was exhumed on Monday, it was really my father. We are still confused whether he was infected or not, but we will treat the body as a Covid-19 body for health and safety reasons.”
According to IOL, when the Cape Times called the funeral parlour, they alleged the hospital had informed them that the body was infected. The also admitted they “accidentally” switched the bodies.