Health Minister Quizzed In Dail Last Night Following Revelation Organs Of 18 Babies At CUMH Sent For Incineration Without Knowledge Of Parents

The Health Minister was quizzed in the Dáil last night following the revelation earlier this week that the organs of 18 babies who died at Cork University Maternity Hospital were sent for incineration to Belgium without the consent or knowledge of their parents.

Cork couple Leona Bermingham and her partner Glenn Callanan spoke out to RTE Investigates after they were informed that the brain of their dead son Lee was not buried or cremated as they had agreed to, but instead was incinerated in Antwerp

A number of Cork TD’s outlined to the Dáil last night how they have been contacted by families affected after the revelations and say they deserve answers

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly responded saying he was unable to clarify what information was included in the HSE correspondence sent to parents and said he would seek detail on the matter

On Wednesday Cork Mum Annie spoke to RedFM News on the heartache of finding out that she is one of the 18 families affected
Her son died a day after being born at CUMH and on Monday she was told that part of his brain was incinerated in Belgium along with clinical waste.

CUMH have apologised for the events, while Taoiseach Micheál Martin has described what happened as ‘”cruel and unacceptable.”

Speaking to RedFM News, Annie says the revelation has left her struggling to understand why families like hers were not informed sooner:

“In my head I just had  it, and in my heart, that he was in the ‘Garden of Angels’ like we consented. We should have been told that when it happened, not now. And the fact one family knew. What haven’t been told sooner than this? Why do we have to find out because it has come to light?”


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