Body Exhumed To Retrieve Dentures

A Chattanooga man’s body is being exhumed to remove dentures that belong to another man after a hospital employee mistakenly gave them to the wrong family.

Parkridge Medical Center spokeswoman Alison Counts told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that the body of 76-year-old Kenneth Ray Manis will be exhumed after his family learned the dentures Manis was buried with actually belonged to an intensive care patient who shared the same hospital room.

Court records obtained by the newspaper showed Manis died on June 12. Counts said Manis’ family requested that the dentures be removed from the coffin.

The hospital has apologized to both families and will be paying for new dentures, as well as reburial costs and attorney’s fees. The hospital declined to identify the patient who lost his dentures.