Apr 18 2013
Incompetence is often covered up by being explained away as ‘being an accident’ or ‘a mistake’. Some ‘accidents’ or ‘mistakes’ should not happen ever. This is one such occasion. Sorry does not cut it.
The infant ends up among the dirty sheets due to be washed at a facility on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
A Minnesota hospital has apologised for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was discovered wrapped in linen at a laundry.
Regions Hospital in St Paul said the remains found at the facility in Red Wing, 45 miles southeast, was that of a 22-week-old baby.
The hospital says the baby had been wrapped in linen in the mortuary and was mistaken for laundry that was supposed to be sent out for cleaning.
The hospital called it a “terrible mistake” and said it is extending “deep apologies” to the family.
Hospital officials also said they are offering support and counselling to employees of the linen service.
Local police chief Roger Pohlman said earlier that hospital workers had recovered the body and linen from the Crothall Laundry before his officers arrived.
“What we have is that when they were preparing the laundry, a baby had fallen out of a sheet, and that they had called the hospital where the laundry had come from, and that they immediately sent people down to pick it up,” he said.
The used linen had been delivered to Crothall within the past 48 hours.