Family shocked to find baby's body in hospital freezer

2014-01-04 11:26

Lenmed Private Hospital has admitted placing a baby’s body in a freezer, rather than in the hospital’s cold room.

The baby, named Aaliyah, was born prematurely and underweight on November 23 and died in the Lenasia private hospital on December 18, The Saturday Star reported.

Her grandmother, Prudence Andrews, told the newspaper that when the family went to collect the baby’s body the next day, the nurse led them to a freezer, like those usually used to store meat. The nurse then took out a parcel wrapped in plastic and sealed with a sticker.

“We didn’t make anything of it until she lifted the sticker and unwrapped the bag – my granddaughter was inside,” Andrews said.

Lenmed medical director Dr Ahmed Kaka said the freezer was used for storing human tissue like placentas before the tissues were properly disposed of.

On Thursday, the family received flowers and a letter from the hospital. But they were shocked that the letter did not make reference to the freezer incident or contain an apology.

Andrews demanded the letter be rewritten. Yesterday, Kaka wrote a letter apologising for the error which he said was “never meant to be insensitive or disrespectful”.

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