The devastated parents of Everleigh Victoria McCarthy – who died 12 days after her birth, three months prematurely – are suing Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA
Hospital staff likely discarded the remains of a dead premature baby after mistaking them for discarded bedding, it has been claimed.
Everleigh Victoria McCarthy was born at just two pounds – three months before her due date – and died of a brain hemorrhage just 12 days later.
Devastated parents Alana Ross, 37, and Daniel McCarthy, 38, are said to have started planning a memorial service for their daughter before learning what had happened to her body.
Family attorney Greg Denning said the funeral home informed Everleigh’s parents that her remains appeared to have disappeared after failing to arrive from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, United States.
Alana and Daniel contacted the hospital but struggled to get replies.
Mr Denning said they then went to the police.
That comes from a police report the daily mailhospital workers said they could not find the baby’s body after her death on Aug. 6, 2020.
Investigators then determined that the remains were “probably mistaken for soiled linen” and discarded.
tells Alana The New York Times : “It’s like she died all over again.”
The mother had suffered two miscarriages prior to Everleigh’s birth.
On Thursday, the couple filed a lawsuit against the hospital in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.
Mr Henning said they decided to sue because “there was no other way that it would be resolved”.
“Alana and Daniel are dealing with a lot of trauma and stress with this, and we have determined that now is the right time to file the lawsuit,” he said.
However, they are not aiming for a monetary payout.
The hospital’s chief medical officer, Sunil Eappen, told the Mail: “As in every case where a concern has been raised about our standard of care or our practice, we have willingly and transparently shared the details with the patient’s family.
“We always evaluate both system and human factors contributing to errors or potential issues reported by patients, family members or employees and take action.”
The police report said a hospital pathologist admitted seeing bed linen on a stainless steel tray in the hospital’s exam room.
At the time, he had disposed of them in a bag intended for soiled materials.
It is understood that linens are taken to a cleaning service, while a waste disposal company dumps or incinerates hospital waste.
Upon further investigation, Everleigh’s body has still not been found.
It was determined that her remains were not placed in the “correct area” and that they should have been placed in the morgue’s cold storage room.
The hospital is conducting its own investigation.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/premature-baby-thrown-bin-hospital-27326938 Premature baby thrown into bin by hospital staff who 'mistook body for unwanted bedding'