Morbid mishaps

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am

2006 March: Identity mix-up at Fu Shan Public Mortuary in Sha Tin results in a widow being given the wrong body for cremation. A month later, a barcode system is installed.

2007: In the space of three months, mortuary officers bury five bodies in graves for unclaimed corpses without waiting the prescribed 30 days.

April: The bodies of two men, aged 88 and 77, are mixed up at Prince of Wales Hospital. The blunder comes to light when the family of the 88-year-old is unable to claim his body as it had been mistaken for the 77-year-old and had already been cremated.

2008, February: Authorities confirm that four bodies were briefly placed on the floor at Fu Shan Public Mortuary as it had run out of storage capacity.

2009, January: The body of a premature baby disappears from the mortuary at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. Police searches of clinical waste at Tseung Kwan O landfill fail to find it.