Lorain parents sue Mercy Health, say hospital lost remains of their stillborn child

August 22, 2018

Lorain parents sue Mercy Health, say hospital lost remains of their stillborn child

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Two Lorain parents are suing Mercy Health Regional Medical Center in Lorain after they say the hospital lost the remains of their stillborn baby in 2016.

Shadria Whitfield and Antron Robinson, both of Lorain, filed suit Monday in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

The lawsuit names Mercy Health, Mercy Health Regional Medical Center, Mercy Health Lorain, Mercy Health Physicians, Community Health Partners, and ten unidentified employees as defendants.

The parents are seeking at least $25,000 in damages for what they consider negligence when hospital officials mishandled and lost their baby’s remains, the suit says.

Whitfield was admitted on Aug. 19, 2016 to Mercy Health Regional Medical Center on Kolbe Road in Lorain to deliver her child 24 weeks into her pregnancy.

Whitfield requested an autopsy of the baby who was stillborn, and told Mercy Health employees to transfer the remains to Brown’s Funeral Home once the autopsy was complete, the suit says. 

The lawsuit claims employees or physicians “negligently, carelessly, and recklessly mishandled, disposed of and lost the remains of plaintiffs’ stillborn child and never reported the loss of said child’s remains” to Whitfield until several days later. 

Whitfield and Robinson, the baby’s father, have suffered and continue to suffer damages including emotional distress, grief, shock, outrage, extreme anxiety, worry, mortification and sorrow, attorney Gerald Horning of Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg said in the suit. 

Judge Mark A. Betleski is overseeing the case. Summons were sent Wednesday to various Mercy Health entities.

Mercy Health spokesman Jonathon Fauvie told cleveland.com Wednesday that one of the organization’s core values is “the sacredness of life.” Mercy Health also values the family’s privacy during this time, so Fauvie had no further comment on the pending litigation. 

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