Daughter's agony as bungling embalmer leaves her late mother's body 'bleeding ... trends now

Daughter's agony as bungling embalmer leaves her late mother's body 'bleeding ... trends now
Daughter's agony as bungling embalmer leaves her late mother's body 'bleeding ... trends now

Daughter's agony as bungling embalmer leaves her late mother's body 'bleeding ... trends now

A bungling embalmer who left a late mother's body 'bleeding and almost bursting' has left a grieving daughter traumatised. 

Janice Burlinson, 60, died from ischemic heart failure on April 1 2022 while her daughters, Dayni Douthwaite, was seriously ill in Sunderland Royal Hospital.

While Ms Douthwaite,42, was in hospital with a severe kidney failure she agreed to allow John Duckworth Funeral Directors to take care of her mother. 

However, when Ms Douthwaite visited the funeral home a week later she was horrified to find the body of her mother was bloated with fluid and leaking blood. 

Ms Douthwaite, who lives in Southwick, Sunderland, said: 'I just knew when I walked in the room that there was something wrong. I walked towards her coffin and I looked in. I got that much of a shock that I went 'what have you done to her?'

Dayni Douthwaite was left horrified when she discovered her mother's body had not been embalmed properly and was bloated with fluid and leaking blood

Dayni Douthwaite was left horrified when she discovered her mother's body had not been embalmed properly and was bloated with fluid and leaking blood

Janice Burlinson, 60, passed away from ischemic heart failure on April 1 2022. Her body was entrusted by her daughter to John Duckworth Funeral Directors.  However the embalming process went wrong and as fluid continued to build up it had to be removed from her body

Janice Burlinson, 60, passed away from ischemic heart failure on April 1 2022. Her body was entrusted by her daughter to John Duckworth Funeral Directors.  However the embalming process went wrong and as fluid continued to build up it had to be removed from her body 

Ms Burlinson with her granddaughters: Lacie and Mylie-Rae. Ms Douthwaite says the traumatic experience has had a huge impact on her mental health and has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Ms Burlinson with her granddaughters: Lacie and Mylie-Rae. Ms Douthwaite says the traumatic experience has had a huge impact on her mental health and has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

She said: 'She was bleeding and she was bloating. It was shiny down the side of her face. You could see where something had been trickling from her mouth and had been wiped off. I saw it coming out of the top of her lips. My mam's top teeth were missing.

'They had used a plastic bag instead of a proper neck support. There were various bits of plastic shoved in the bag, to give it some shape, and it was tied in a knot.' 

Shocked by the state of her late mother's remains, Ms Douthwaite had her mother transferred into the care of another funeral director. They confirmed that the embalming process had gone wrong and as fluid continued to build in her stomach and he was left with no choice but to aspirate it from her body. 

Ms Douthwaite then lodged a complaint in to the British Institute of Embalmers and they carried out an investigation which found that John Duckworth Funeral Directors had instructed a self-employed trade embalmer called Shona Hume to carry out the procedure. 

They concluded that she had failed to correctly assess the level of clinical embalming care required and suspended her for 12 months.

A spokesperson for John Duckworth Funeral Directors said: 'John Duckworth and

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