Woman Sues Over Mixed-Up Body
Dec. 02, 2006
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ A woman who delivered a stillborn child claims in a lawsuit that a hospital released the wrong body to a funeral home for cremation and took more than a month to inform her of the mix-up.
Jordan Engelhardt, of Flint, said in a lawsuit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court that she learned last January that an urn of ashes on the mantel of her home did not contain the remains of her son, Maxxwell Sebastian Engelhardt.
Engelhardt said she and her husband received a call from an employee of North Oakland Medical Center informing her of the mixup. It came while Sebastian's twin sister, was hospitalized. Both babies were premature.
``Every night, we said goodnight to what we thought were Sebastian's ashes and asked him to watch over his sister in the hospital,'' Jordan Engelhardt told The Detroit News. ``Then we learn it wasn't even him.''
Sebastian's twin, Faith Madisyn, died Feb. 2.
A message seeking comment was left Saturday with a spokeswoman for North Oakland Medical Center.
Engelhardt's lawyer, Gerald Thurswell, said no parent should have to go through what Jordan Engelhardt did. Thurswell said he did not know who the other family involved was or how the mistake was discovered because of medical privacy laws.