STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina family claims Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem sent them their dead daughter's bloody clothes three months after she died.
Leslie Rogers was shot in the head and killed on April 30, WBTV reports.
Last week, Mark Rogers received a call from the hospital, asking him if he wanted some of his daughter's belongings.
"I asked them what they were," Mark said. "They replied they don't know. They asked me for an address that they can ship them to so I gave them my address. We received a box."
When the package arrived, Mark was at work, so his wife Michele opened it.
"I opened it. The smell floored me," Michele told WBTV. "I’ve never smelled nothing like that."
Inside the box was Leslie's blood-stained clothes.
The family has contacted the hospital but have yet to receive a personal response, they say.
Kevin P. High, executive vice president of Health System Affairs at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, released a statement on the incident:
"I know I speak for all of us at Wake Forest Baptist when I say that we were saddened to learn that we had mistakenly returned soiled clothing in a package of belongings sent to the parents of a past patient. We deeply regret any concerns that this has caused and offer our sincere apologies to the family.
“It is always our wish to be sensitive to the needs of our patients’ families. We sometimes receive requests from family members to return the items that a loved one was wearing when they are brought to the Medical Center, or that might have sentimental value, regardless of their condition. It is always our intention to be kind and helpful in this regard.
“While we have a policy in place that directs how patient belongings should be handled, our teams are reviewing it to determine how we can improve the existing process that meets the variety of wishes from our patients’ families while ensuring a safe transition of personal belongings.”