A woman in the South American country of Peruvia has been 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.
According to ATV television, 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 Limaâ€™s Sergio Bernales hospital, she had to take the body home until she could begin the process of getting a death certificate.
â€śThey gave me my son when I was discharged. Heâ€™s in the refrigerator in my house because they did not give me the time to do the paperwork for his death certificate,â€ť Palomino told ATV television.
â€śI want to bury him but to do so I need the death certificate,â€ť said the mother, who returned to the hospital on Tuesday to claim it.
Meanwhile, the childâ€™s body remained in the freezer of the family refrigerator. On the door she placed a sign that says,â€śDo Not Touch.â€ť
â€śThe woman in charge of the gynecology department did not want to let me leave the hospital if I didnâ€™t take my baby. My baby was wrapped in a diaper.â€ť
Hospital director Julio Silva said Wednesday it would investigate the womanâ€™s complaint, because he said the security guards had broken all the hospitalâ€™s procedures.
â€śI assume full responsibility. What should have been done is wait in the mortuary for the death certificate to be issued, to then be able to remove the body,â€ť Silva told reporters.
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