Virginia

Woman receives card from hospital that says she’s dead

FILE-In this Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Bangladesh's former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia, looks on at a protest rally to mark the second anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major opposition alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Police in Bangladesh questioned a prominent journalist and close aide of opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia over the weekend for his alleged role in a conspiracy to kidnap the only son of the current prime minister. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad, File)

FILE- Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia, looks on at a protest rally to mark the second anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major opposition alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Police in Bangladesh questioned a prominent journalist and close aide of opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia over the weekend for his alleged role in a conspiracy to kidnap the only son of the current prime minister. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad, File)

CROZET, Va. (AP) — A Virginia hospital is apologizing after accidently sending a sympathy card to the family of a woman who’s still alive.

WVIR-TV reports that (http://bit.ly/1YjPpOV ) Marilyn Mullins received a card from the chaplain Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital almost a month and a half after her three-day stay there. The card, which was addressed to Mullins’ family, said her family was in the hospital’s thoughts after her death.

The only problem is that Mullins is still alive.

The hospital blamed the incident on a clerical error. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital said in a statement that an official accidently clicked the box for a deceased patient instead of “discharge to home” in the electronic medical record.

The hospital said the erroneous information was not sent to any outside organizations or government agencies.

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Information from: WVIR-TV, http://www.nbc29.com/

 

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