Tiffany Griffith and her husband Cordero Pridgen lost their prematurely born baby exactly one year ago and are now suing a New York hospital for $ 10 million for allegedly disposing of the body without consulting them.
The couple of Brooklyn (NYC) alleges that the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, a city-run hospital, cremated the baby without his consent and then lost the ashes.
Griffith (38) gave birth prematurely at 20 weeks pregnant at home in Bed-Stuy, November 26, 2019. She, her husband Cordero Pridgen and baby Ticory were then taken by ambulance to Woodhull Hospital, but the child could not be saved.
“I was devastated. The baby was supposed to be born on Tiffany’s birthday ”on April 12, 2020, said Pridgen, a 33-year-old paramedic. “That was supposed to be his gift.”
The couple left Ticory’s body at the hospital for an autopsy and began organizing his funeral. But Woodhull, which is run by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, “improperly disposed of the dead fetus without the plaintiffs’ knowledge and consent,” alleges his complaint filed with the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
As a result, the couple was “deprived of the opportunity to conduct a funeral,” alleges the lawsuit, filed earlier last month. “You basically stole my zipper and I’ll never get over it,” Pridgen said.
The couple claim they were turned around for a month and that neither the hospital nor the medical examiner could locate the fetal remains. It wasn’t until just before Christmas that they learned the terrible truth of what had happened, they allege. “They had us going around in circles, saying, ‘We’re not sure where your son is and what exactly happened to him,'” Griffith said.
Josh Fogel, the couple’s attorney, says “The carelessness of the Woodhull Hospital staff … increased the emotional cost rather than providing support.” Now “they hope that this lawsuit will prevent another family from having to suffer in the same way.” NYC Health and Hospitals declined to comment, stressed New York Post.
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