Parents lament body piling up outside morgue

The parents of a 16-year-old boy killed in a fall from a hospital rooftop have told how two bodies have piled up outside the morgue at a Romanian hospital, the first such incident to…

Parents lament body piling up outside morgue

The parents of a 16-year-old boy killed in a fall from a hospital rooftop have told how two bodies have piled up outside the morgue at a Romanian hospital, the first such incident to trigger an outcry in a country already being accused of ignoring its elderly.

Relatives of Ioan Trenitsa, who fell from the rooftop of a private medical center in the eastern city of Timisoara, say they were shocked to discover at the morgue that a pair of young men had been awaiting burial. In a crowded facility with little room for bodies, one was spotted lying motionless under a white tarpaulin while the other was piled up and waiting to be moved to another location.

The lawyer for his parents, Ioan Dimitriu, said a medical report shows that both men had been awaiting burial for up to a week. Some relatives had gathered at the morgue and contacted medical staff only for the bodies to be left lying in the sun, his lawyer told national media.

The European Union member has been fending off criticism of its poor and homeless since 2015 over the deaths of hundreds of homeless people over a five-year period. Hundreds of homeless people end up on the streets of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, after they turn to the night shelters that a cash-strapped government set up to cope with a major financial crisis after it joined the EU in 2007.

Dimitriu said the government should increase the number of facilities and that more could also be done to check that no homeless are put in hotel rooms instead of shelters.

He said one man is believed to have been taken to a hospital with a brain infection, but the facility failed to send him to a special emergency hospital. The other is still missing.

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