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Switched At Morgue: Baby Finally Buried

It was two weeks ago that the family had buried the wrong infant because of a misunderstanding at the morgue.
03 Feb 2020 09:37
Switched At Morgue: Baby Finally Buried
Valeria Rakai farewells her baby at Vunika, Labasa on February 1,2020.

One of the two babies who was switched at the morgue in Labasa has finally been laid to rest.

On Saturday, Valeria Rakai of Taveuni bid farewell to her six-month prematurely born daughter at Vunika in Labasa.

It was two weeks ago that the family had buried the wrong infant because of a misunderstanding at the morgue.

Last week, Ms Rakai’s family presented a matanigasau to Katarina Vulase and her family. Ms Vulase is the mother of the other infant who died prematurely at eight months.

The family had noticed the switch at first glance at the morgue because of the size and features of the baby.

Ms Rakai’s uncle, Iakobo Raitolu, who picked up the infant at the morgue, explained how it had been such a sad ordeal for his family and couldn’t imagine how the other family were feeling.

“A day after the funeral we were told that it was Katarina Vulase’s eight-month old baby girl that we had buried,” he said.

“Although it wasn’t our fault we presented a traditional apology last week and it was accepted by her parents.

“We were told that they had buried an empty coffin box even though they were informed that another baby was at the morgue.”

According to Mr Raitolu, Ms Vulase’s family have sought legal action on the incident.

A comment was sought but was not in time when this edition went to press.

Meanwhile, it is understood that when a party retrieves their dead there is a procedure in place at the morgue.

The party needs to check the identity the body of the body even if an identity tag is not there.

Also, fees are charged when the deceased body has been at the morgue for more than two days.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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