Officials: Iowa Woman Presumed Dead Discovered Gasping for Air in Body Bag

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A hospice center in Urbandale, Iowa, is accused of mistakenly presuming a 66-year-old patient was dead when she was not, NBC News reported Thursday.

Once a nurse at the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center determined the woman had passed away, the resident was taken to a funeral home, officials with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals announced this week.

In its report, the department said it fined the center $10,000 regarding the incident.