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Hospital morgue refuses to keep dead man’s body for being too fat

By Mason White 7:20 AM June 20, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A hospital refused to keep a dead man in its morgue because he was too fat, a funeral director in Australia said.

The funeral director said that she had to keep the body of the 440 pound man in her car overnight, after receiving the notice from the hospital.

Joanne Cummings also said that she had to drive to her home in Roebourne, two hours away from the morgue, with the corpse. Temperatures in the area average 82 degrees during the day, and Cummins said that she had to keep the air conditioning at full blast to keep the body cool during the trip.

She also had to keep the air conditioning running overnight, using 3 tanks of gasoline, and checked on the body every 30 minutes. The next morning, she and her business partner hired a shipping container with a refrigerator and the body was placed inside.

Cummings, the co-owner of the Pilbara Funeral Service in Port Hedland, said that the Hedland Health Campus had refused large bodies before. The Hedland Health Campus is only allowed to take bodies up 330 pounds.

They are currently working to double the limit to 660 pounds.