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Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City buries newborn without mother's permission

3:52 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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By Naveen Dhaliwal

PONCA CITY, Okla. (KOCO/CNN) - An Oklahoma mother says the hospital mistakenly buried her baby while she was making funeral arrangements.

Now the woman is trying to get her son's body back for reburial.

Vanessa Weir is a new mom. She gave birth to twins in October at Mercy Hospital.

One is a little girl, Peyton, almost 3-months-old.

The other is Jaxon, who died in the womb. His mother only held him one time.

Weir told hospital staff she planned to bury her precious boy at a cemetery close to home.

"They tell you you have all the time you need he'll be here in the morgue," said Weir.

But when she was able to make plans for Jaxon's funeral and traveled from Newkirk to Mercy to pick up her son's body, he wasn't there.

"We had to wait 30 minutes just for them to go through the paperwork cause they couldn't find it and then another 40 minutes for them to come in and say he might be in the morgue or he might be buried," said Weir.

Weir later found out Jaxon had already been buried in a cemetery in Oklahoma City.

Mercy admits to the mistake, saying in a statement to Eyewitness News 5, "Mercy provides the rite of Christian burial each quarter, when parents do not request a private burial. We regret that there was a break in communication regarding the family's wishes."

For Weir, apologies aren't easy to take.

"I wanted him to be where I'm at," she said.

Weir has contacted an attorney.

The hospital is making arrangements with the funeral home to have the baby's body returned to the family.


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