Heart returned to widow may not be human

Widow battling hospital to have her late husband's remains returned 10 years after his death

HOUSTON – A widow is battling a hospital to have her late husband's remains returned 10 years after his death.

She said what they finally returned to her might not even be human remains.

It has been a painful battle for Linda Carswell, in the courtroom and at home, without her husband, Jerry Carswell.

Ten years ago Jerry Carswell was admitted to Christus St. Catherine's Hospital in Katy for kidney stones. Linda Carswell said her husband died unexpectedly at the hospital.

"There's a big hole in my life. He should not have died. He was a healthy man," said Carswell.

So she wanted the hospital to arrange for a full autopsy.

"I said, 'I want an independent autopsy done,'" she said.

However, Carswell said the autopsy was not done at an independent facility. She said instead, it was done by a pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital, which had strong ties to Christus St. Catherine's.