Charity Mortuary blamed for mix-up as wrong Covid-19 victim buried

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Reynold James and Bibi Jalleal both died from Covid-19 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and their bodies were transported from the Suddie Public Hospital to the Charity Mortuary.

On Sunday last, an undertaker attached to the parlour buried the body of the man in place of the woman.

The mix-up was discovered today when the James family realised that the body they were given by the mortuary for burial was that of Bibi Jalleal.

The James family is now demanding that the buried body be exhumed so that they can have a proper funeral service.

Regional Commander Crystal Robinson told this publication however that no exhumation will be done.

Instead, she said the James family will be allowed to go to the location where the man is buried to conduct a prayer service while the woman’s body will be buried today.

The Commander explained that Covid-19 victims are not supposed to be returned to families for burial, so it is unclear why the body of James was being returned to the family.

“No body could really say,” she said.

The Commander explained that it was for this reason why the Jalleal family was never given a body for burial, but instead, the burial was undertaken by the parlour’s undertaker.