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Lawsuit alleges Lorain Mercy lost remains of their stillborn child

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ELYRIA — A Lorain woman and man filed a lawsuit against Mercy Health Regional Medical Center in Lorain after they said the hospital lost the remains of the couple’s stillborn child in 2016.

The suit was filed Monday morning in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Shadaria Whitfield and Antron Robinson against several Mercy Health entities, Community Health Partners and physicians.

Whitfield was admitted into the Lorain hospital in August 2016 for delivery of her demised child, which was at 24 weeks of gestation. The stillborn child was delivered the following day, according to the lawsuit.

Whitfield requested an autopsy and directed Mercy Health to transfer the remains of the baby to Brown’s Funeral Home following the procedure.

The suit alleges that after the procedure was completed, the hospital’s employees or physicians “negligently, carelessly and recklessly mishandled, disposed of and lost” the stillborn child and never reported the loss of the child’s remains to Whitfield until several days later.

The suit accuses Mercy Health of negligence, breach of fiduciary or special duty, negligent interference with parents’ rights to remains and reckless and wanton mishandling of remains.

The plaintiffs have suffered “serious and severe mental anguish and emotional distress that no reasonable person deserves to endure,” the lawsuit said.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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