Florida couple sue hospital for ‘losing the body of their newborn son’ who died three days after his birth in February and STILL hasn’t been found
- Kathryn and Travis Wilson, of Gibsonton, Florida filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa
- The couple claim hospital staff lost the body of their baby son Jacob Wesley, who died on February 28 – three days after he was born
- The Wilsons had been planning funeral arrangements on March 11, when they received a call saying the boy’s remains were missing
- The hospital’s parent company BayCare Health System issued a statement apologizing for the loss
A Florida couple is suing a Tampa hospital for allegedly losing the body of their newborn son who died three days after his birth in February, and still hasn’t been found.
Kathryn and Travis Wilson, of Gibsonton, have filed a lawsuit against St Joseph’s Hospital, claiming staff lost the remains of baby Jacob Wesley after he died on February 28.
The couple claims they had been making funeral arrangements for their son in March, when they received a phone call saying the baby’s body had gone missing, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
Kathryn and Travis Wilson, of Gibsonton, have filed a lawsuit against St Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa (pictured) claiming staff lost the remains of their baby boy who died three days after his birth
The boy’s remains are yet to be found.
The hospital’s parent company BayCare Health System issued a statement apologizing to the grieving parents, saying it has ‘investigated all avenues and fully cooperated in all search efforts’ for their baby.
‘Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Wilsons for the loss of their child. We also deeply regret not being able to account for the remains. St. Joseph’s leadership and all personnel in our morgues are committed that this unforeseen situation will not happen again,’ the company said.
According to the lawsuit, after baby Jacob died, St Joseph’s hospital had hired Metro Mortuary Transport Inc to take his body to Orlando Regional Medical Center for an autopsy.
Baby Jacob Wesley Wilson died three days after he was born on February 28. The boy’s remains were later lost in March and remain missing (stock photo)
The body was then returned to the hospital wrapped in blankets and in a body bag and by March 5, hospital staff informed Kathryn that they could proceed with their funeral arrangements for the boy.
The grieving parents met with Serenity Meadows funeral home the following day to plan a service for their son and later called the hospital to provide them with the details.
Five days later however, the couple received another phone call, this time informing them that their son’s body had disappeared, the lawsuit states.
The Wilsons are now seeking more than $30,000 in damages for negligence and ‘reckless infliction of emotional distress’.
The couple also claims they have suffered ‘physical and psychological trauma’ from the incident.