Anguish for family over state of body

A startling sight at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s (QEH) morgue has sparked a war of words and deepened a family’s grief.

On one side there is the mourning family; on another, management of Two Sons and the third is chairman of Lyndhurst Funeral Home, Peter Griffith.

Kenneth Carl Holder (GP)

Kenneth Carl Holder, 64, a former jeweller, passed away at home on January 3 after battling the effects of a stroke and hypertension. His body has been in storage since, but on Tuesday his brother Stanfield Holder went to the QEH to identify the body and he said he was shocked.

“At the request of the hospital, I went to identify the body before an autopsy. The body had been stored at Two Sons and transferred. It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen. My brother was in a decomposing state with fungus growing from around his eyes, nose and mouth,” he said.

Stanfield said he still sees it whenever he closed his eyes. (CA)

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