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Filled morgue causes body of man to decompose Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

Adam KuylenAdam Kuylen, 38, A Belize City Council employee, died at his home on Friday, August 12th, 2011. The cause of his death is unknown, and police do not suspect foul play, but it is no longer possible to find out.

The reason for that is that the family was forced to hurriedly bury his body. Moreover, his autopsy, which was to be conducted at the morgue at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), couldn’t be done; his body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

The family blames the authorities at KHMH for the decomposition, claiming improper storage of their loved-one’s body.

His family explained that on Friday he passed away, and his body was transported to the KHMH. They found out that on that same Friday night, there was negligence in handling the body; it was left out for several hours in the heat and open air.

When they finally did find a storage unit to put the body, it was already too late. The family went back on Monday and were told by the medical examiner doing the autopsy, that a proper autopsy is not possible because of the decomposition. The examiner went on to explain that the results will come back inconclusive.

It was already too late to do the autopsy, the family said, but what made it worse was that they were instructed to bury the body immediately. They said that what happened is disrespectful and inhumane.

They continued that they would have preferred to bury Kuylen and have a funeral service for him, but that wasn’t possible.

Their outrage at what happened did not go unheard; they confronted several officials as to why the negligence took place. And they’ve publicly asked that someone be disciplined by the hospital for what has happened.

KHMH has responded with a statement saying that their morgue facility was filled to capacity, and “unfortunately” the body was left in the open air for “some hours”. They went on to say that the body was eventually stored in a secondary unit on the hospital’s compound.

KHMH continued to explain that the body subsequently started to decompose at an accelerated rate, and this rendered an autopsy impractical. They have publicly apologized to the family. An investigation is still underway to determine exactly why it was that the body did not receive proper storage.