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NYC medical examiner probes stillborn mix-up
Thursday - 8/2/2012, 8:52am EDT
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City medical examiner's office says it is responsible for an error that resulted in a Brooklyn family burying someone else's stillborn in their native Poland.
Justyna and Rafal Sliwa (SLEE'-wuh) told the New York Post ( http://nyp.st/QxDbyY) they were notified of the mix-up July 6.
They held a memorial service in Brooklyn on June 16 for a stillborn they believed to be theirs. The funeral home sent the remains to the couple's hometown of Lomza, Poland. A funeral was held there June 19.
Information on the other family was not made public. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, Ellen Borakove, says the babies had "strikingly similar names."
The office is investigating how the mix-up occurred.
Borakove calls it a "tragic, unfortunate error we have to make right."
Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com
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