It is outrageous to treat a corpse that way! It is unacceptable." A 79-year old man found his wife, 77, dead on Monday in Meze Herault. He was saddened by the circumstances in which he found himself after her death.
Midi Libre colleagues learned that the man was concerned when his wife stopped responding after spending 20 minutes in the toilet. He made the horrifying discovery at that point.
The septuagenarian immediately called firefighters, but firefighters sent him back the Samu as well as the regulating physician. He tried to contact GPs at the same time but to no avail as his primary care doctor had "retired to Costa Rica".
The Samu was redirected to ARS (Regional Health Agency). Problem: It's Whit Monday, and there is no doctor in the area.
The body should remain the same as it was in the morning
"No doctor will certify death. There are none. It is against the law to move the body. The body should remain the same as it was today.
The old man cannot summon the funeral directors until death is confirmed by a physician.
"Since this morning his body has been in a state of decomposition... It is 5:00 p.m. and no one will arrive. It's embarrassing, unhealthy, and dramatic.
Nicolas Coulon, son-in-law to this septuagenarian, blasted France Bleu: "In countries less advanced than France, at least they have respect for the deceased."