Woman Declared Dead at Hospice found Breathing at Funeral Home; Alive and Kicking in Nebraska

Nebraska police said Monday that a 74-year-old woman who was thought to have died while in hospice care was found to be alive after being taken to a funeral home.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was taken from a nursing home, where she was pronounced dead at 9:44 a.m. local time, to the Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln on Monday morning.

According to Lancaster County Chief Deputy Ben Houchin, police were called to the funeral home at 11:44 a.m. after an employee saw that the woman was alive and “immediately called 911.”

Authorities identified the woman as Constance Glantz of Lincoln, and CPR was done on her by workers at the funeral home. She was then taken to a nearby hospital, where she is still alive, according to Houchin. He said that her family had been told.

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“It’s a very unusual case,” Houchin told the press on Monday. “Been doing this 31 years and nothing like this has ever gotten to this point before.”

Houchin said that after the woman was pronounced dead, the nursing home did not need to call the coroner or the local police because it was expected that she would die and there was nothing strange about her death.

Houchin says that the sheriff’s office is looking into it but that no criminal charges are being considered at this time.

“We have not been able to find any criminal intent by the nursing home but the investigation is ongoing,” said Houchin.

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