Hospital cleared of wrongdoing in death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s baby

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CHICAGO — The hospital that cared for the baby of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

“After an investigation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that Advocate Christ Hospital was found to be in substantial compliance,” IDPH said in a statement Tuesday. Read IDPH’s full report here.

Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died Friday after living with brain damage for 53 days in the intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Hospital. Police said he was cut from the his mother’s womb after she was lured to a South Side home and murdered. Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant at the time.

A mother, daughter and a boyfriend were all charged in connection with Ochoa-Lopez’s death. The Lopez family wants them charged with the baby’s death as well.

Advocate Christ Hospital released the following statement:

“Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the Ochoa-Lopez family, whose courage and grace have drawn the admiration of our entire organization. We thank the Illinois Department of Public Health for its thorough review, and CMS for its assessment, which showed the medical care provided and actions taken by our staff were appropriate. Nevertheless, we are committed to learning from the experience to improve processes. Additionally, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our dedicated team for their tireless commitment to delivering world-class, compassionate care.”

Spokespeople for the late infant say family members are deeply troubled by the hospital’s handling of the unusual case.

The Lopez-Ochoa family released the following statement:

“There is no doubt in our minds that on April 23, 2019 mistakes occurred at this hospital. There were red flags everywhere. Baby Yovanny Lopez is dead now and we need a law in place to help hospitals like Christ Advocate get things right when the next innocent baby walks into their ER in the arms of criminals like Clarissa Figueroa.”

Though not required to submit a correction plan,  Advocate Christ Medical Center says its’looking to improve internal communication by partnering with local and regional police to collaborate on safe and efficient procedures while outlining communication and management of police activity at the medical center with a campus-wide education plan to train staff.


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