A Nebraska lady who was pronounced lifeless at a nursing residence on Monday was found respiration hours later by a funeral residence worker, the authorities mentioned.

The lady, Constance Glantz, 74, of Lincoln, Neb., was dropped at a hospital and declared alive, Chief Deputy Ben Houchin of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Workplace said at a news conference on Monday.

“At this point we have not been able to find any criminal intent by the nursing home, but the investigation is ongoing,” he mentioned.

Ms. Glantz was receiving hospice care when she was pronounced lifeless at 9:44 a.m. by the nursing residence employees at the Mulberry at Waverly in Waverly, Neb., Chief Deputy Houchin mentioned. An investigation by the sheriff’s coroner was not obligatory at the time of loss of life, he mentioned.

The funeral residence, which the local news media has reported is Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln, transported somebody “they believed was a deceased individual” from the nursing residence, Chief Deputy Houchin mentioned. However an worker who started getting ready Ms. Glantz’s physique observed she was nonetheless respiration. Two hours after she was declared lifeless, the employees referred to as 911, he mentioned.

Employees members have been performing C.P.R. on Ms. Glantz when emergency medical employees with Lincoln Fireplace and Rescue arrived, M.J. Lierman, an company spokeswoman, mentioned.

They handled Ms. Glantz at the scene and transported her to a hospital, Ms. Lierman mentioned.

Ms. Glantz’s household has been notified, officers mentioned. The authorities didn’t present any further particulars about Ms. Glantz, together with how lengthy she’d been in hospice or whether or not she had any medical circumstances.

Investigators have been trying into whether or not any legal guidelines have been damaged, however to this point “we have not been able to determine anything,” Chief Deputy Houchin mentioned.

Calls to the nursing residence weren’t answered on Monday night time.

“This is a very unusual case,” Chief Deputy Houchin mentioned. “I’ve been doing this 31 years, and nothing like this has ever gotten to this point before.”

Whereas uncommon, there have been instances of people that have been declared lifeless solely to be discovered alive quickly after.

In 2023, a lady in Iowa was taken in a physique bag to a funeral residence, the place employees found that her chest was shifting as she gasped for air.

In 2020, a lady in Michigan with cerebral palsy was declared lifeless by paramedics however was found to be respiration hours later by a funeral residence employee who was getting ready to embalm her physique.

In 2018, a South African lady was pronounced lifeless at the scene of a automobile wreck however hours later was discovered inhaling a mortuary. And in 2014, a Mississippi man who had been pronounced lifeless was discovered alive inside a physique bag at a funeral residence.