Autopsy mix up a 'very unfortunate mistake'

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Coroner's Office says one man was taken to autopsy by mistake.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge calls the autopsy mix up a "very unfortunate mistake."

Edge continues that the coroner's office sent a courier service to a funeral home to pick up a body for autopsy on July 19 and deliver it to the hospital.

The funeral home had two coolers, but the driver delivered the wrong body for examination.

The mistake was discovered the following morning after the wrong man was autopsied, Edge comments, and that man's family was consulted immediately. The man that was supposed to be taken to the hospital was delivered and autopsied later that same day.

The funeral home and identity of both men have not been disclosed in order to protect the families. Edge insists that everyone was informed as soon as the mistake was discovered.

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