Discovery of Stillborn Baby in Dirty Hospital Laundry Is Sad & Shocking

flowerIn today's absolutely horrifying news, the body of a baby was found in a laundry service recently. The baby had been stillborn at 22 weeks, and the Minnesota hospital is still a little unsure as to how this "terrible mistake" happened. Apparently, the baby boy had been wrapped in linens and was mistook for dirty laundry and sent off to a cleaning service. The boy was first delivered to the morgue and then, somehow, was accidentally transferred to the laundry service.

"This is a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," Chris Boese, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, said in a statement. "We have processes in place that should have prevented this but did not. We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again."

But -- making sure it doesn't happen again won't help this baby's grieving parents.

I honestly don't even know where to begin here, or how to handle such a traumatizing and delicate subject. But I will say this: No parent -- or baby -- deserves this. No parent deserves a stillborn child -- but sadly, that's out of our hands. And no parent deserves to find out the body of their child has essentially been thrown out. That is preventable and completely inexcusable.

Mistakes happen, I know. But this really is a hard one to swallow. My heart breaks for this poor, sweet babe who never made into this world; for the way his death was handled; and for the fact that his parents' grief had to be multiplied after learning of such a horrid thing. Why does something like this have to happen? Haven't they been through enough?

Hopefully, this little boy's parents will somehow find a way to heal and move on. But the memory and trauma of this will likely never go away, and that's really sad.

What do you think of this?


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bills... billsfan1104

Why aren't you reporting what Dr Kermi Gosnell did to newborns? How he cut their spinal cords and kept feet and hands of the newborns in glass jars? I have not read anything that you guys reported on this!!

Rootbear Rootbear

There was a story about it last week I think.

LostS... LostSoul88

"Mistake" my ass. That is a HUGE slip up nothing to say "opps my bad". I would be contacting a lawyer...


He "was mistook for dirty laundry "? Really? Either he was mistaken for dirty laundry, or someone mistook him for dirty laundry. I know that wasn't the main point, but that really bugs me.

IHear... IHeartCake

How sad that some people commenting have to push their own agenda.  As for what happened at this hospital, I don't know enough details about what happened to comment, but my heart goes out to the parents.  I hope they can bury their baby and feel peace.

Willa... Willa-wonders

How very very sad. A 22 week baby is very small. The baby was brought down to the morgue probably still wrapped in the blankets that he was put in right after birth and maybe an orderly didn't realize there was the baby in there. I'm theorizing here. I don't know. It's horrific and my heart goes out for the parents and sweet baby. 

bills... billsfan1104

What agenda Iheart?? I have nt seen one liberal blogger on this site, report the heinous crimes that this so-called doctor did. But a tragic mistake, like the ones made at this hospital, the blogger has a shit for. Dr Gosnell mammed women, killed a woman and killed several viable babies!!! He cut off their little hand and feet and saved them in glass jars. I would consider that far far worse than what this hospital ever did.

LadyM... LadyMinni

This is being blown way out of proportion, but that's the whole point of The Stir so I guess I shouldn't complain. I agree with billsfan. Report on something that is actually newsworthy. Yeah this sucks, but it was an accident.

Vegeta Vegeta

An orderly probably saw a bunch of dirty linen and put it in a laundry cart with the rest of it before it could be shipped to the morgue. And the nursing staff probably thought the morgue had it. It was an accident (take a note: humans make mistakes.) Nobody was wringing their hands and twirling their moustaches about sending a dead baby to the laundry. The hospital and staff apologised, the body was returned immediately, problem resolved. Why do people go to the media whenever they get a hangnail?! Sorry about their loss but aside from that I don't feel bad for the parents.

Tripl... TripleC14

Yes bills, and by the same logic there should be no coverage about the Boston bombing because on the same day a bomb in Iraq killed more people. Obviously only the biggest tragedies should ever get mentioned. Makes complete sense.

Hate to break it to you LadyMinni, this isn't a news site. There is no reporting here. This is a human interest website/blog. That's why this story is flanked by ones about cupcakes, a Kardashian, and Kristen Stewart.

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