Mangalore, Sep 10, 2011 : Two families got into a tiff near the morgue of Wenlock Hospital over the issue of exchanged bodies.
The body of Ganesh of Bantwal, who died in an accident and the body of Raju of Tamil Nadu, who died after falling from a fishing boat four days back were kept in the same morgue. On Thursday, the families of the deceased arrived to claim the bodies.
The morgue staff brought out the body of Ganesh first and the family of Raju took the body without first identifying it and placed it in the ambulance they had hired. They did not leave immediately because they
were waiting for one of their relatives.
When the morgue staff brought out the body of Raju, the family of Ganesh realized that this was the wrong body. There was a heated argument between the family members and the hospital staff, after which the relatives exchanged the bodies.
Commenting on the issue, P. Saroja, the resident medical officer of Wenlock Hospital, said that the hospital staff had handed the bodies over to the police because of the medico legal nature of the cases. The police and the relatives ought to have first confirmed the identity of the bodies, she said.