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ST. PAUL - Officials with Regions Hospital believe a second set of remains of a stillborn baby were in the same basket of linens that were shipped to a Red Wing laundry earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the remains of a stillborn of 22 weeks gestational age were discovered at the laundry.

On Friday, the hospital announced it believes a second set of remains of a stillborn of 19 weeks gestational age were in the same basket of linens sent to the laundry.

"As we investigated, our records indicated that there should have been another set of remains in the same location," said Chris Boese, chief nursing officer, in Friday's news release.

"We have now ruled out that those remains went to the funeral home or to another location. A tragic human error was made and we believe both sets of remains were mistaken as empty linens and placed in the laundry at the same time by a hospital worker," Boese said.

"There are no words to describe how deeply saddened we are and how sorry we are for this terrible mistake," said Brock Nelson, president and CEO of Regions Hospital. "Words are not adequate. We have reached the family to apologize and offer any support that we can."

The hospital says all other stillborn remains have been properly accounted for and that changes have been made so that these mistakes will not happen again.

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