Seven-month nightmare - Mother wants daughter's body from hospital

July 11, 2018
Nadine Evans shows a photo of her daughter, Carell White, who died on December 19, 2017. She is yet to be buried.
Nadine Evans

THE LAST seven months have been agonising months for Nadine Evans. Not only has she been forced to mourn the death of her daughter, Carell White, but she has been unable to bury her because a corporate area hospital has refused to release her remains.

The distraught mother told The STAR that she had refused to sign a consent form for an autopsy to be done because the hospital authorities had denied her request to have an independent pathologist witness the postmortem.

"The hospital has transferred her remains to a funeral home and is asking me to pay six months of storage fee for her body, and I am not doing it. They are the ones who refused to give me my daughter's body because they are hiding something. I have the right to do an independent autopsy, but they didn't want that," Evans said.

White passed away on December 19, 2017. White, 31, had reportedly told her mother that medical personnel had taken her kidneys and replaced them with defective ones.

Evans said White was referred to the hospital in November by a private doctor for treatment and further tests as she complained of fatigue. Her face and feet were swollen. Evans told The STAR that her daughter was later placed on dialysis as she was deemed to have suffered kidney failure.

"When she died and I asked for a death certificate, I was told that they had to do an autopsy because they were not too sure what she died from. If that was the case, what were they given her medications for?" she said.

"It is killing me ... I'm dying. I haven't gotten a chance to even mourn her death because I have been up and down trying to get to the bottom of this," she added.

The hospital, in a letter to Evans' lawyer, said her refusal to give consent effectively blocked the registration of the death. The hospital also said that it only allows independent pathologists in circumstances where the death is being investigated by a pathologist. It said White's death does not fall into that category.

Evans recently went to court seeking a ruling for the hospital to allow an independent pathologist at the autopsy and for the body to be released. The court is yet to rule.

While she waits, Evans has been told that she is incurring a bill each day her daughter's body remains in the morgue. She told The STAR that she has not asked about that bill because she will not be paying it.

"I want to bury my daughter, but I will not be paying for any storage fee because they are the ones who choose to hold on to the body, and that is wrong. I will not be paying it. I may not have a medical degree but I am no fool," she said.

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