Coroner: Baby that fell during delivery died from genetic disorder

10:19 PM, Dec 14, 2011   |    comments
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9NEWS was first contacted about the incident shortly after the baby was born on Tuesday.

The mother, Jennifer Hernandez, was delivering the baby around 1:15 p.m. at University of Colorado Hospital. The baby's father, Martin Aguirre, who was in the delivery room, told 9Wants to Know the baby boy fell to the floor immediately after he was born.

"He hit the floor and slid under the bed," Aguirre told 9NEWS.

His mother, Georgia Medina, said it was a horrifying moment.

"I don't think I'll ever forget when the baby slid. I wouldn't even wish this on my worst enemy," Medina said.

The Adams County Coroner's Office released a report on Wednesday night that said Lil Martin Hernandez-Aguirre died from complications of Trisomy 18.

Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder. According to health experts, Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18, instead of the usual two copies. It is also called Trisomy E.

"I had hope in my heart. I didn't matter to me that my baby would be special or challenged, it just mattered that he was going to be born. Now my baby is just gone," Aguirre said.

About half of babies who suffer Trisomy 18 don't live longer than a week.

Even with the birth defect, Aguirre says his son should not have ended up on the floor.

"That's all they said was push. The doctor was right there fixing the blue thing. As soon as she saw the head, she didn't know what to do. She grabbed it. It was coming out," Aguirre said. "And the baby just came out and... she didn't know what to do. She tried to grab him and he kept slipping out of her hands and he just slid off her hands from the side. My mom tried to catch her, but she couldn't because she was holding my girlfriend's leg and hand."

Medina says instead of bringing the baby home for a welcome party, they are bringing him home to bury him.

"He was the most beautiful baby you could see. I wish God could just put the steps back. I wish he would have taken me not my grandson," she said.

A spokesperson for the hospital says a team is reviewing what happened. The spokesperson did not have many details for 9Wants to Know, but said in a statement that the hospital recognizes there is some dispute about the facts and order of events.

The hospital released this statement:

"Our hearts go out to this family. We are doing everything we can to provide for the patient and her family. We recognize there's some dispute about the facts and order of events, and we hope to gain clarity from both our review and the coroner's review."

Medina says until she receives some closure, she is trying to imagine baby Martin Angel in a better place.

"He is up there with Jesus in the best hands he could be," she said.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jace Larson? Call him at 303-871-1432 or e-mail him
jace.larson@9news.com

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