Corrine Jeremiah miscarried shortly before her due date, March 30, at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital. She requested that the fetus be returned to her community at North Caribou Lake First Nation for burial..- An aboriginal woman is considering legal action after she received the remains of her miscarried baby in the mail, reported the National Post.
However, her babyâs body was sent through the mail, more than five weeks after the miscarriage. The body was in the post office for six days before its contents were discovered in an advanced state of decay, reported the Post.
The young mother was reportedly âhystericalâ when she discovered the box.
âWe are calling for a full police investigation and a coronerâs inquest into this shocking incident,â said North Caribou Lake First Nation chief Zeb Kenequanash. âThe family is also considering civil action against the Health Center, the Ontario Ministry of Health and other appropriate parties.
âItâs something that must be addressed,â Kenequanash said. âYou canât just ship a person, regardless of their age, through the mail.â
The Post reported that hospital procedure requires that a body be transported in a cooler and accompanied by a hospital official, with the parents consulted on all arrangements. Instead, the body was put in a box with stickers that said âroom temperatureâ and âdiagnostic specimen.â
The bandâs social service administrator reportedly called the hospital and found out that there was a new worker at the hospital and she was the one who put the body in the mail.