Demand that Medical Examiner be Punished for Burying the Wrong Baby

Target: New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly

Goal: Demand that New York City medical examiner be punished for burying the wrong baby

It’s hard enough for a parent to bury his or her child, but imagine finding out that the child buried isn’t even yours. Justyna and Rafal Sliwa recently had to face this nightmare when their unborn child, to be named Angel, lost its heartbeat. The couple was obviously devastated, and wanted to hold a proper burial for the baby in their native country of Poland. The baby’s body was flown to Poland, the funeral took place, and not until after the baby was buried did they find out that the medical examiner of New York City buried the wrong baby.

The couple was understandably furious. They assured law enforcement that they would not let this problem disappear and they would fight for justice for their child. This is not the only problem for the New York City medical examiner’s office. Recently, there have been many complaints about the office including two horrible cases in which a deceased 17 year-old’s brain was taken without the family’s permission, and another similar case involving a baby from Brooklyn. Not only is this extremely disturbing, but it is inhumane and insensitive to put a family who is already in so much pain through more suffering. The Sliwa’s did not deserve this pain after the tragedy they went through. It is necessary that the medical examiner of New York City pay the price for this mistake and face proper consequences.


Dear Raymond Kelly,

Recently, your medical examiner put a couple through a great deal of pain and tragedy. After Justyna and Rafal Sliwa had to bury their unborn child, they found out that the medical examiner sent the wrong child to Poland for the funeral. The Sliwas did not know that they buried another child until after the funeral was over. Also, this is not the only disturbing mistake that has come out of this office recently. The medical examiner responsible for this act must be appropriately punished and fined.

Not only did this cause a grieving family more pain, but it also shed light on this medical examiner’s job performance. If a mistake this big was made so easily, imagine how many other mistakes have been made or are likely to be made by the same office. This type of mistake is not a simple mishap; it ended in a family burying the wrong child. This medical examiner must face punishment as severe as his or her awful crime. The Sliwas deserve justice and peace after going through this tragedy, and this can be done by sentencing the NYC medical examiner.


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