In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, August, 2020

Shock As Physique Of Retired Headmaster Is Exhumed 9 Days After Being Buried By The Flawed Household

Shock As Body Of Retired Headmaster Is Exhumed Nine Days After Being Buried By The Wrong Family


John Hetford

The physique of a retired headmaster needed to be exhumed 9 days after he was buried by the improper household because of a ‘horrible’ mortuary mix-up.

In accordance with the Solar, undertakers arrived at a hospital mortuary to gather Jimmy McDonald, 90, however they ended up taking John Hetford, 89, who had died two days earlier.

Mr. Hetford, an Oxford graduate who had taught throughout the UK earlier than changing into a headmaster in Carlisle, was laid to relaxation at St Mary’s Church close to Carlisle, Cumbria, by his household who had no concept that they’d the improper physique.

The error was reportedly found after Cumberland Infirmary referred to as the undertakers to ask once they would come to gather Mr. Hetford for his cremation.

After he was exhumed, Mr. Hetford was cremated in Carlisle.

Mr. McDonald, who lived together with his spouse Mary earlier than he died has since been buried on the church in his house village of Rockcliffe, Cumbria.

A spokesman for North Cumbria Built-in Care Basis NHS Belief mentioned an investigation is underway into what went improper.

They mentioned: ‘We’re supporting the funeral administrators to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and our ideas and deepest sympathies are with the households at what’s already a troublesome time.

‘We’re endeavor an inside investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and can share the findings with the households as soon as that is full.’

A spokesman for the funeral director mentioned: ‘Our sympathy goes out to the households concerned.

‘Our household have been funeral administrators for greater than 150 years and nothing like this has occurred earlier than.

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‘Clearly, one thing has gone terribly improper. We handed in paperwork for the person whose physique we believed we have been gathering.’

‘There are protocols to make sure we’ve got who we predict we’ve got. We did not realise we had one other particular person’s physique. We really feel for the households.’

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