US couple buries wrong baby in Poland

NYC medical examiner admits mistake

The New York City medical examiner's office says it is responsible for an error that resulted in a family burying someone else's stillborn baby in their native Poland.

Justyna and Rafal Sliwa told the New York Post newspaper they were notified of the mistake July 6.

They held a memorial service June 16 for a stillborn they believed to be theirs. The funeral home sent the remains to the couple's hometown of Lomza, Poland. A funeral was held there on June 19.

Information on the other family was not made public. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, Ellen Borakove, says the babies had "strikingly similar names."

The office is investigating.

Borakove calls it a "tragic, unfortunate error we have to make right."


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