Woman mistakenly pronounced dead at Waverly nursing home dies hours later

LINCOLN, NEB. (KOLN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a woman who was pronounced dead and later came back to life at a Lincoln funeral home has died.

Constance Glantz, 74, was pronounced dead a second time Monday at 4 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Ben Houchin.

Lancaster County Prosecutor Pat Condon ordered an autopsy to be performed at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office will provide an update once the final autopsy report is completed. The investigation is ongoing.

Houchin said Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home officials cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation.

“I also want to state in our investigation that the funeral home did nothing wrong. They were the ones who found out she was still alive,” Houchin said.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a woman who had been pronounced dead came back to life at a Lincoln funeral home.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home at 11:43 a.m. Monday. The caller said CPR was being performed on a 74-year-old woman.

Earlier, around 9:45 a.m., Glantz was pronounced dead by staff at Mulberry Nursing Home in Waverly. She had been hospitalized and nursing staff expected her to die, according to Houchin.

Funeral home staff took the woman back to Lincoln. As she prepared her body for funeral service, a staff member noticed she was still breathing and called 911.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue transported Glantz to the hospital where she died a few hours later.

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