Woman forced to keep dead baby in a fridge 

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 .

“I want to bury him but to do so I need the death certificate, ” said the mother, who returned to the hospital on Tuesday to claim it.

Meanwhile, the child’ s body remained in the freezer of the family refrigerator . On the door she placed a sign that says, “Do Not Touch.”

“The woman in charge of the gynecology department did not want to let me leave the hospital if I didn’t take my baby. My baby was wrapped in a diaper .”

Hospital director Julio Silva said Wednesday it would investigate the woman’ s complaint , because he said the security guards had broken all the hospital ’s procedures .

“I assume full responsibility . What should have been done is wait in the mortuary for the death certificate to be issued , to then be able to remove the body, ” Silva told reporters .

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