Baby’s body in home freezer

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Lima

– A Peru­vian woman was forced to keep the body of her dead baby in a freezer af­ter a hospi­tal told her to keep it un­til she had a death cer­tifi­cate.

Mon­ica Palomino said her baby was born pre­ma­turely last Saturday af­ter a ges­ta­tion of only 25 weeks and died on Mon­day.

But un­der pres­sure from se­cu­rity per­son­nel at Lima’s Ser­gio Ber­nales Hospi­tal, she had to take the body home un­til she could be­gin the process of get­ting a death cer­tifi­cate.

“He’s in the re­frig­er­a­tor in my house be­cause they did not give me the time to do the pa­per­work for his death cer­tifi­cate,” Palomino told ATV tele­vi­sion.

“I want to bury him but to do so I need the death cer­tifi­cate,” said the mother, who re­turned to the hospi­tal on Tues­day to claim it.

Mean­while, the child’s body re­mained in the freezer of the fam­ily re­frig­er­a­tor. On the door she placed a sign that says, “Do Not Touch”.

“The woman in charge of the gy­nae­col­ogy de­part­ment did not want to let me leave the hospi­tal if I didn’t take my baby. My baby was wrapped in a di­a­per.”

Hospi­tal di­rec­tor Julio Silva said it would in­ves­ti­gate the woman’s com­plaint – AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.