In Summary
  • The baby was born prematurely and died three days later.
  • Security personnel told her to take the body home, the mother said.
  • The hospital director said the guards did not follow procedure and said the hospital would investigate the woman's claims.


A Peruvian woman was forced to keep the body of her dead baby in a freezer after a hospital told her to keep it until she had a death certificate.

Monica Palomino said her baby was born prematurely last Saturday after a gestation of only 25 weeks and died on Monday.


But under pressure from security personnel at Lima's Sergio Bernales Hospital, she had to take the body home until she could begin the process of getting a death certificate.

"They gave me my son when I was discharged. He's in the refrigerator in my house because they did not give me the time to do the paperwork for his death certificate," Palomino told ATV television.

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