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Mother's anger at baby's storage

Leanne McCabe
Ms McCabe said the hospital needed to learn lessons

A woman who discovered the body of her miscarried baby had been stored in a hospital mortuary for two years has spoken of her shock.

Leanne McCabe, 25, thought her first child had been cremated by Warrington Hospital in September 2006 after he died at just 12 weeks.

An inquiry found three cases since 2006 of stillborn or miscarried remains being kept without parents' permission.

Ms McCabe, of Runcorn, Cheshire, said the error should "never happen again".

She only found out the body of her first baby, Ty, was being stored when she tried to make funeral arrangements for her second miscarried son, Jonah.

In all other cases women can be assured that their wishes are being carried out
Dr Hilary Furniss, Warrington Hospital

When Ms McCabe tried to arrange the funeral she was told Jonah had already been cremated, but Ty's body was still available.

"I was in shock. I was motionless. I just couldn't believe it had happened," Ms McCabe told the BBC.

"I was in so much shock that I couldn't take it all in. How could they not notice my boy - or any other parents' child - there?

"It couldn't have taken them two years to come across my boy.

"We've been through so much pain that we don't want it to happen again and we certainly don't want to happen to any another mother.

"We need something to be done. We need for this never to happen again."

Procedures changed

Ms McCabe's subsequent complaints prompted an investigation which revealed the two other cases, in 2007 and 2008.

Dr Hilary Furniss, from the hospital, said procedures had been changed to make sure it never happened again.

"There was Leanne's case and there were two other cases that have been highlighted where there was a delay in carrying out the parents' wishes," she said.

"In all other cases women can be assured that their wishes are being carried out.

"We are awaiting the final presentation of the full report, and until I and others in the trust receive it, I cannot comment on the actual details of what went wrong.

"But certainly systems have been put in place already to minimise the risk of this happening again, so it should never happen again."


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