PARENTS were horrified to find a bloody amputated leg inside a dead baby’s coffin in a hospital mix up after noticing dripping blood.
The couple, whose 11-day-old baby died in a Mexico hospital, had brought the coffin back to their home town when they noticed something was terribly wrong.
Their baby boy was born at 34 weeks but died as a result of a severe birth defect that turned out to be fatal.
The day after his death on September 3, his grieving father picked up a small coffin from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) Rural Clinic in Huajuapan de León.
But it wasn’t until they made it back to their home town of Tacache de Mina that they realise something was amiss.
“The family noticed that blood was dripping from the coffin and checked inside,” reports Mexican newspaper El Universal, “and it was then they discovered it was a human leg”.
The distraught parents returned the bloody limb and exchanged it for their child’s body.
The hospital denies any blame for the horrendous mix up and said it was the father’s responsibility to check inside the coffin before making off with it.
“The man had all the documentation concerning the [deceased] newborn. He just got the wrong coffin,” said a clinic spokesperson.
“Instead of verifying which one really corresponded to his baby, he took another one that wasn’t [the right one]. It was he who made the mistake, not IMSS personnel”.
Responding to criticism, they added: “There are authorised personnel in charge of that … but he [the father] was negligent and took the [wrong] coffin.”
The spokesperson said the father accepted responsibility for the mix-up.
The Oaxaca Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation but it’s understood the employee involved in the mix up won’t be charged because the error was put right.
A statement from the Office said:”… A mistake was made but at a criminal level there is no responsibility because the body was subsequently delivered”.
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