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.