The parents of a premature baby girl have claimed she was thrown out with dirty laundry – just days after her death.
Everleigh, the daughter of Alana Ross and Daniel McCarthy, was born in Boston on July 25, 2020 but only lived 12 days before she died on August 6.
Baby Everleigh, who weighed two pounds five ounces, had under-inflated lungs and suffered a brain hemorrhage before she died, according to court documents cited by the Boston Globe.
She was taken to the morgue and on August 10, Ross, 37, received a call from the funeral home that they could not locate Everleigh’s body.
A lawsuit claims her body was dumped with soiled bedding.
Ross said, “There’s so much anger because they threw them away like trash.”
Detective Kevin Cook stated in a report that Everleigh was “probably mistaken for dirty linen and placed in the blue bag of dirty linen in the morgue examination room.”
The lawsuit reveals that two nurses took Everleigh to the morgue after her death.
A nurse is said to have asked a transport worker where they could place the baby’s remains.
The transport worker apparently responded “everywhere,” according to the complaint.
CCTV footage appears to show a pathologist carrying a bundle he placed in a bin for dirty linens.
Police officers spent hours rifling through clothing and medical waste to see if they could find Everleigh, but were unsuccessful.
A worker told police it seemed the “likely scenario” that the baby was dumped in the container, reports Boston25 News.
Everleigh was Ross and McCarthy’s third pregnancy after losing their previous two babies.
Ross found out on Valentine’s Day that she was pregnant with Everleigh.
McCarthy told WCVB, “We were thrilled to start trying to start a family and just stepping into this chapter of our lives.”
A scan performed 18 weeks into the pregnancy revealed a complication and months later Ross had an emergency caesarean.
Ross said the only memories she had left were Everleigh’s footprints and a hat she wore.
Ross and McCarthy are suing Mass General Brigham and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for alleged breach of contract.
They claimed the workers failed to protect their daughter’s body.
They have also charged 14 workers with negligence, inflicting emotional distress and tampering with human remains.
Sunni Eappen, the chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told Boston25, “As in every case where a concern has been raised about our standard of care or our practice, we have willingly and transparently shared the details with the patient’s family .
“We always evaluate both system and human factors contributing to errors or potential issues reported by patients, family members or employees and take action.
“Due to pending litigation, we cannot comment specifically on this case.”
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