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Woman claims staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center flushed her miscarried fetus down toilet


A woman has filed suit against a Wellington hospital claiming staff flushed her miscarried child down the toilet.

According to the suit filed in Palm Beach County Court on March 23, 2016, the woman is Linda Gomez.

According to the four page complaint, Gomez went to the emergency room at Wellington Regional Medical Center in July of 2014.

Court records say Gomez was 19-weeks pregnant and bleeding when she arrived. While waiting for help Gomez says she went to use the restroom and mis-carried.

The complaint says:

"She screamed for help but no one came."  "(Gomez) then stood up in hysterics and disconnected the umbilical cord so that she could summon help."

The complaint says Gomez told an ER employee that her child was in the toilet and that employee "proceeded to flush the toilet to the horror of the plaintiff and she screamed 'No, no, no, my baby.'"

Wellington Regional Medical Center released the following statement on Tuesday evening:"

Due to patient confidentiality laws, Wellington Regional Medical Center cannot comment on specific medical issues in this case. While we have not yet received a copy of the complaint, based upon the allegations that have been reported to date, the hospital denies those allegations and intends to defend itself vigorously.  We are confident that the true facts of this situation will come out during the pendency of this case.

The complaint says Gomez has lost the ability to bury her child in conformance with her Christian faith. She is suing Wellington Regional for damages in excess of $15,000.

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