Thursday, 18 April 2013

Baby’s body found at laundry company: Hospital apologizes for ‘terrible mistake’

Baby’s body found at laundry company: Hospital apologizes for ‘terrible mistake’, The body of a baby was found at a laundry facility, miles away from the hospital where it was delivered stillborn. Now, Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., is apologizing for the “terrible mistake,” the Associated Press reported April 18.

The baby, which had been stillborn at Regions Hospital at 22 weeks gestation on April 4, was apparently wrapped up in hospital linens and placed in the hospital morgue. It was somehow mistaken for laundry and sent to Crothall Laundry in Red Wing, about 45 miles southeast of St. Paul.

A laundry worked discovered the tiny baby’s body on Tuesday when it tumbled out of the linens.

“This was a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," Chris Boese, the hospital's chief nursing officer, said in a statement. "We have processes in place that should have prevented this but did not. We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again."

Although there is no indication that foul play was involved in the baby being sent to the laundry service, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office is expected to examine the baby’s remains.

Regions Hospital has offered support and counseling to both employees of Crothall Laundry and to hospital workers involved.

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