Tragic Human Error at Minnesota Hospital

In Minnesota, a hospital mishandled and misplaced the body of a stillborn baby. The baby’s body was found in linens that were sent to an off-site laundry service. Officials from the hospital said the baby’s remains had been wrapped in linens in the hospital morgue and somehow were mistaken for laundry that was supposed to be sent out for cleaning. The body was found April 16, 2013 by a laundry service employee.

The baby boy was stillborn on April 4, 2013, at 22 weeks of development.

Regions Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Twin Cities, handles about 2,500 births every year, and about 20 to 25 of the infants are stillborn. Families of those infants whom are still born are given the choice of making their own arrangements or allowing the hospital to work with community groups that arrange the burial or cremation.

The baby boy’s body was found when it tumbled out of a bed sheet at Crothall Laundry in Red Wing, about 45 minutes from St. Paul. The laundry employees called Regions Hospital, which immediately sent workers to collect the remains before police arrived.

There was no indication of foul play. The hospital has offered support and counseling to employees of the laundry service.

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