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Family sues after wrong body prepped for viewing

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Posted: Apr 2, 2012 12:41 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Pennsylvania, hospital, funeral home, viewing, Richard Tkacik, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, William Harris, WBRZ

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania family is suing a hospital and funeral home after the wrong man's body was prepared for a viewing that had to be canceled after the family discovered the error.

Richard Tkacik's family is suing the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and a Richland Township funeral home over the mix-up last year.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported Sunday that Richard Tkacik died at the hospital Nov. 23. Two days later, another man's body was at the viewing.

The lawsuit says the mistake was only confirmed when officials at Harris Funeral Home checked the body for a tattoo that Tkacik should have had. His body eventually located at the hospital.

Funeral home owner William Harris declined to discuss how the mistake happened but said the body was not wrongly buried or cremated and the family incurred no related expenses.

The hospital declined comment.

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