Hospital apologises for flushing stillborn baby down the toilet by mistake

A MUM who gave birth to her stillborn baby as she sat on the toilet was devastated when a cleaner accidentally pulled the chain.

The 36-year-old woman, who was unable to grieve for the loss of her child says that she is now traumatised by the sound of a flushing toilet.

The tragedy took place in Saitama Red Cross Hospital in Japan, when the pregnant woman went to use the toilets by the delivery rooms.

Her 39-year-old husband says she then delivered her 14-week-old stillborn as she was sitting on the toilet.

Reports state she then moved to a different room on the staff’s instructions and a member of the hospital’s cleaning staff then flushed the toilet she had used.

Doctors could reportedly be heard screaming after the janitor flushed the toilet but it is unclear why nobody had removed the baby from the toilet beforehand.

The baby’s heart had reportedly stopped beating four days before it was delivered but the couple are said to have hoped to name the baby and keep a picture of it along with a handprint.

The husband says the hospital have now written to the family to apologise and he says they have taken measures to stop similar incidents occurring in the future.

He added: “We offer prayers to an empty urn every day. My wife is traumatised by the sound of a flushing toilet. I don’t want a similar incident to occur again.”

It is unclear if the cleaner has been fired or if the couple are suing the hospital. It is not known who cut the baby’s umbilical cord.

The hospital apologised for the incident.