"The only thing I ask for is justice and my baby so I can give her a Christian burial," said grieving father, Daniel.
A heartbroken family suffered the excruciating ordeal of being given a grotesque substitute instead of the body of their baby girl, who passed away during childbirth. The parents, Jari Daniela Velez and Daniel Alejandro Jaramillo, were preparing for their deceased daughter's funeral when the father discovered that the hospital gave them a large dead rodent instead of the remains of their newborn baby. The mother, Jari, was 28 weeks into her pregnancy when she was taken to the Tomas Uribe Uribe Hospital in Tulua, Colombia. Unfortunately, Jari lost her daughter, Emily Samara, while giving birth to her on May 15.
Eventually, the family received what they thought was Emily's body and began planning for her last rites. But before the funeral, Daniel decided to take a look at his daughter's body and discovered the shocking blunder that the hospital made. When the morgue assistant opened the polystyrene box, they found a red plastic bag that contained a pair of latex gloves inside. And in place of what was supposed to be baby Emily's body, they found a large rat lying dead inside the box.
"It was opened, what was found is the body of a rodent, it was a rat that looks like a possum," Daniel said, according to Caracol Radio, as quoted by Daily Star. Absolutely shattered by the hospital's mixup, the family demanded the hospital to hand over young Emily's body but saw them fumble to locate her remains.
"At the hospital they gave us a dead rat; I demand they give us the girl," said Jari’s cousin, Majo Velez, who wrote on social media and pressured the hospital to find the child's body. Days after Emily's death, the hospital still had no answer to give the family, who desperately want to give the little one a proper burial. "The only thing I ask for is justice and my baby so I can give her a Christian burial," Daniel was quoted telling a local news outlet. "[W]e demand that the hospital give us answers because so far they have not yet delivered the body of the baby," cousin, Majo, also said in a Facebook post, according to International Business Times.
After seeing the family's outrage, the hospital released a statement on May 17, where they apologized to the family for the horrendous mistake, as reported by Daily Star. The hospital also mentioned that they were carrying out an internal investigation to find out what happened before the polystyrene box reached the hands of the family.
"We want to inform you that for transparency purposes we have initiated an internal investigation and made the investigation of what happened in your care process available to the competent authorities, who will also be in charge of providing you with information about what happened," the hospital said in their statement. "For what happened we apologise and make ourselves available for whatever you require as a family."
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