THE body of the newborn child who died due to the alleged negligence of the medical personnel of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) was exhumed yesterday to determine the cause of his death.

The PNP Crime Laboratory 7 led by Chief Insp. Felino Brunia, a medico-legal officer, brought the body of Jhon Niño Añosa from the old Lapu-Lapu cemetery in Barangay Gun-ob to Surelife Funeral Home in Barangay Pajo around 5 p.m.

Brunia said they will get tissues from the baby’s body for the histopathological examination.

In ordinary deaths, the result of this examination will come out after 10 days, said Brunia. But in this case, the result will be out two months after the tissues are submitted since the examination will be conducted in Camp Crame.

Roldan and Edalene filed a complaint before the Cebu City Police Office-Women and Children Protection Desk (CCPO-WCPD) against the VSMMC last June 15.

Cooperation sought

Jhon Niño was the fourth baby she delivered in the hospital.

He had bruises on his neck, torso and legs when he died.

Edalene had said she initially thought she would undergo a caesarian operation because Jhon Niño was a breech baby, but instead they had her give birth naturally.

“I am happy that the authorities are there to help me solve what really happened to my baby so that this will not happen to the other mothers,” Edalene said in Cebuano.

Police Insp. Arieza Otida, chief of CCPO-WCPD, said the exhumation is part of the fact-finding investigation that they are conducting.

“The result of the examination will give us a lead if there was really a liability on the medical staff of VSMMC as per allegation of the mother,” Otida said.

She said they already sent a letter to the hospital management, asking the latter to cooperate.

Otida said she hopes they will.

Earlier, Edalene and Roldan also filed a complaint against VSMMC before the Department of Health 7.