Fishers child’s birth certificate corrected following Fox59 report

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A Fishers mother said she was not getting answers from an area hospital after a big mistake was made. The woman’s daughter was listed as a boy on her birth certificate and both genders on other legal documents.

“She’s a year old, and she has more paperwork than I do,” said Michaelin Borghese, the little girl’s mother.

Fox59 first introduced viewers to Borghese in October. She claimed Community Hospital North, where she had given birth, was not returning her phone calls.

The Marion County Public Health Department could not help her because a paternity affidavit had been filed.

“Humans are involved, and it’s a pretty easy process as long as a paternity affidavit hasn’t been filed,” said Kim Amrhien, a Marion County Public Health Department employee when she was interviewed in October.

The hospital had apologized for the mistake in a letter, but Borghese said she was convinced she would have to pay hundreds of dollars in attorney and court fees.

“Just the paperwork alone, they said, would be $300.”

After her story aired, her phone rang. Hospital employees called promising a fix, and a spokesperson sent Fox59 the following statement:

“We are investigating the circumstances and details surrounding this case and commit to resolving this issue as quickly as possible with the family involved. We apologize for any miscommunication and are attempting to make contact with the patient. We will work directly with the family to remedy this situation, so that they can get back to their lives and the joy of their new child.”

An attorney with the Ice Miller law firm, which was hired by the hospital, then called Borghese and offer her services.

“The attorney is covered, and that’s something we don’t have to pay for, thankfully,” said Borghese.

A hospital spokesperson released another statement Wednesday that in part read: “The Probate Division of the Marion Superior Court recently issued an order granting the request to correct the birth certificate, and, with the court order, the necessary paperwork has been submitted to The Marion County Health Department. We anticipate the health department will issue a corrected birth certificate soon. All expenses related to this process have been absorbed by Community Hospital North.”

“After I saw the paperwork that the lawyer had drafted, I don’t know that I could have done that, and I think it would have taken six months to a year to figure it out,” said Borghese.

Officials with the Marion County Public Health Department said all they need are all of the original documents and the judge-signed court order in order to print a new, corrected birth certificate.

11 comments

  • myidzmom

    If she had been married she wouldn't have had to file a paternity affidavit. Then things could have easily been changed. She is as much at fault as the person that checked the wrong box

    • guest

      I do not know how you figure this is her fault..you do not know the situation, it could be that the dad is a freaking loser who does not admit that the baby is his. The hospital made a huge mistake which has caused a big problem. I think I would be very upset if they had put the wrong sex on my child's birth certificate and then all other paperwork saying she was both sexes, that to me is an outrage

    • Corrie

      I don't understand why people want to go to negative town here. It was a mistake and it has been fixed. But I can totally see how someone who labored for 23+ hours and had to have an emergency C-Section is at fault for the Staff member checking the wrong box *insert sarcasm here".

  • Not gonna judge

    With all three of my children I had to verify all information after it was typed in and printed. (And I had all 3 children at different hospitals!!) Did they not offer this to her, because it could have been prevented by reading over the information herself before it was submitted!

  • kjwlrw

    I have had kids in two different states and I was never given a draft to proof read before my children's birth certificates were filed. The parents or mother only gives the staff the names of the child and the parents name and place of birth all other info is filled in by the hospital therefore there is no way this was her fault. My question is if i say you messed up my child's birth certificate in this manner what difference does it make about a paternity affidavit? They would've went to court and had more issues and court fees because the paperwork said boy and she came with a girl causing this woman problems and money.

  • Mandee

    I had something on the lines of this happen to my youngest child. I verified, spelled (written and verbal), my daughters name, plenty of times with the birth record lady at our hospital.. When she brought back the paper work for me to sign she had the name and all spelled right…. The paper work stating were she submitted it was correct. Once I received the birth cert. and social security card her spelling was wrong. The lady typed the name in wrong, apparently missed going over it to make sure it was correct before hitting submit. Luckily, she also messed up on the paternity affidavit, and we had to go in anyways to get it all corrected with the records in our town. Maybe, when she verified the info before signing it was correct, and it was the hospitals fault… It wasn't my fault in my case, which would have been a costly mistake to fix, but in the end it all worked out.

  • myidzmom

    If she was married, 99.9999% of the time there would be no paternity affidavit required. The article states that as that was why it went thru so many legal issues to change.

  • amy

    What if she did have a little boy? Hell, she could have lost her child and then just kidnapped that little girl! And wanted it "legal" they need to do a blood test!

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