Vienna - An Austrian woman who discharged herself from hospital got a rude awakening as to why her family did not visit her over Christmas - she found them busy arranging her funeral.
....The 64-year-old woman had been admitted with stomach pains to a hospital in Mistelbach in lower Austria.
Her 39-year-old son Leopold Eissler said he had gone to visit his mother shortly before Christmas only to be told she was dead and had then spent the festive period organising her funeral.
Eissler said: "I'm not sure whether to be delighted because my mother is alive or furious that they could have made such a mistake at the hospital.
"At least it explains why they could not find the body when we wanted to pay our last respects.