In 2020, a Boston hospital threw away the remains of a premature baby with dirty linen, WBTS reported.
Everleigh Victoria McCarthy’s parents sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday.
“We don’t want anyone else to go through this,” Everleigh’s mother Alana Ross said.
A Boston couple is suing one of the city’s most prestigious hospitals after their premature baby’s body was “probably mistaken for dirty linen” and thrown away, police said. WBTS.
WBTS reported that Alana Ross and Daniel McCarthy, the baby’s parents, filed a lawsuit Thursday over the August 2020 incident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“We don’t want anyone else to go through this,” Ross, 37, said The New York Times† “We want the hospital to be held accountable. We want them to fix this.”
The couple’s child, Everleigh Victoria McCarthy, was born on July 25, 2020 and suffered a massive hemorrhage in her brain, the Times reported. She was born three months premature.
Less than two weeks later, on August 6, doctors told the couple Everleigh would not survive and she was taken off the ventilator.
Ross and McCarthy called a funeral home and began planning a memorial, but when the home tried to get Everleigh’s body, the hospital said they couldn’t find it.
The couple filed a police report on Aug. 11, 2020, and an investigation found it likely that Everleigh’s body had been thrown out of the morgue with dirty bedding four days earlier, WBTS reported.
Boston police said in the report that the baby’s body was “probably mistaken for soiled linen,” the New York Times reported.
Her body was taken to the morgue while the couple prepared the memorial. However, the lawsuit alleges that a hospital worker placed her body on a table that was not intended “for the delivery of baby remains to the morgue”.
Ross told the Times that hearing the news was like her daughter “died all over again.”
The family does not sue for a specified amount. Everleigh’s body has not been found, despite investigators investigating where the body might have ended up and sifting through medical debris covered in blood and human waste, WBTS reported.
The Times reported that a nurse who took Everleigh’s body to the morgue did not call the hospital back for their own investigation and police also said the hospital did not give them a “complete video” of what happened as her body was taken to the hospital. was taken to hospital. morgue or when they realized she was missing.
“Accepting the fact that she was going to die was one thing,” McCarthy, 38, told the Times. “I never thought I would have to accept that I would have to go to bed every night without knowing where she is.”
The hospital did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but Dr. Sunil Eappen, the chief physician of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told the Times they expressed their “deep condolences and sincere apologies to the Ross and McCarthy family for their loss and the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding it.”
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