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Manchester woman to be buried after eight years

Gladys Scriven
Mrs Scriven's body has been in the mortuary since February 2002

An 89-year-old woman whose body has been in a Manchester mortuary for eight years is finally being laid to rest.

Gladys Scriven's remains have been kept at North Manchester General Hospital since her death in February 2002.

Her son Geoffrey blamed the NHS for her death and refused to make arrangements for her funeral. A pathologist decided she died from natural causes.

Manchester City Council has stepped in to arrange the service, which is to take place at Southern Cemetery.

We can confirm the body has now been released
Trust spokesperson

A spokesperson for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: "Any death of a family relative or friend is sad and upsetting.

"The situation is very sensitive and involves difficult circumstances.

"It has arisen because, for the last eight years, her next of kin has declined to make any funeral arrangements or release the body to us to to make the arrangements.

"We have tried consistently to resolve and move this situation forward to ensure Mrs Scriven is given an appropriate funeral and proper resting place.

"This is an exceptional case where a body has been kept in a hospital mortuary for this length of time.

"We can confirm the body has now been released."

Injury claims

Mrs Scriven was admitted to the hospital in December 2001 after suffering a fall at her care home.

She had an operation on her left hip but Mr Scriven claims her other leg was injured during her stay in hospital.

The right leg later became infected and her son believes this contributed to her death.

But his calls for a jury inquest were rejected by a coroner.



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