Georgia hospital suing patients for defamation over alleged body mix-up

Riverdale, Ga.-based Southern Regional Medical Center intends to file a lawsuit against a family who claims they received the wrong ashes of a cremated patient, according to NBC 11.

The family of deceased patient Patricia Bradley and their attorney, C.K. Hoffler, claim the body that was sent by the hospital to a funeral home was not the right person. The family also said "they didn't find out until the body had already been cremated until they had already held her memorial and received the ashes," according to NBC 11.

Southern Regional Medical Center denies these claims and told NBC 11 it has provided documentation they provided the right body.

"Attorney C.K. Hoffler has been informed of the verification that the correct remains were provided to the funeral home," the hospital said in a statement cited by NBC 11. "Southern Regional offered to provide C.K. Hoffler information and documentation exonerating the hospital but they declined."

Southern Regional Medical Center is accusing Mr. Hoffler of defamation claims, false statements and preparing a lawsuit.

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