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Hospital apologises to Donegal woman for leaving her baby's body in storage for four weeks

Letterkenny University Hospital admitted that they had ‘failed’ this woman.

A DONEGAL WOMAN has said she’s infuriated with Letterkenny University Hospital’s response after she was given incorrect information about the location of her baby boy, who died prematurely.

Lisa, who does not want her surname known, told RTÉ‘s This Week programme that she found out her child’s body was left stored in a room in Letterkenny Hospital for four weeks, contrary to being told at delivery that he was to be buried one week later.

His body had been left in a room in the gynaecology ward.

Lisa was infuriated by the letter of apology by the hospital which said that she had been ‘failed’ by the hospital and they would “ensure that baby Eoin’s legacy will be that this does not ever happen again”.

She said:

My child had to lie for four weeks for them to open their eyes to this. I don’t understand how anyone could leave a human being, a baby, lying in a room for four weeks.

“I don’t want anybody else to suffer the way we’ve suffered and continue to suffer. I don’t think anybody should have to go through that and I just pray and hope to God that this never happens again.”

In response to RTÉ This Week’s report, Letterkenny University Hospital released the following statement to the programme, and subsequently to TheJournal.ie today:

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to the patient and her family for any distress caused.
We have already revised our systems and are currently reviewing our policies for patient information and consent so as to ensure that we are in line with best international practice.

Due to patient privacy, they said they could not discuss individual patients with the media.

You can hear Lisa tell her story through clicking the link here.

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