Tulsa, OK – The grieving family of 5-year-old Noah Osborn says waiting over seven months for an autopsy report is completely unacceptable.
While visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Thanksgiving holiday, Noah mysteriously died in his sleep, and his parents, Steven and Jenny, has found the state’s medical examiner’s office inefficient – causing an unsettling and unnecessary delay their healing process.
So far no one has been able to confirm to the couple exactly how or why their child passed away on November 29. Around the time of his death, his parents’ indicated Noah was not sick nor did he have a fever and seemed perfectly fine. Thus, his unexpected death has been a bewildering, painful, and frustrating process to endure.
The Osborns are both from Tulsa, but they live in Portland, Oregon. They’ve been attending groups for grieving parents since their son’s untimely death and say that none of the families they know from these therapy sessions have had to wait longer than six months for autopsy results, reports the Daily Mail.
As they wait for some semblance of closure, the Osborn family has taken the state of Oklahoma to task over practices at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office – addressing the prolonged delay issue with state’s lawmakers.
According to Steven Osborn, “All I really want to do is point out to the Oklahoma government that this is not really normal or acceptable for these types of inefficiencies in a medical examiner’s office.”
Tulsa World further reports, the couple has started an online petition.
Jenny Osborn’s blog post states: “Please take a moment to sign the petition for the Oklahoma City medical examiners to take action in decreasing the amount of time it takes to get results back to grieving families. We have waited 7 months now and they’re still telling us to wait! The beginning time frame was 4-6 months. They need to increase funding so they can hire more examiners. They’re excuse to me is that they have an increased case load. It is really not fair to us to have to wait this long!”
By last estimates, Amy Elliot, chief administrative officer for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office, stated the office had over 1,100 open and pending cases.
Do you think it is acceptable for parents to wait more than seven months for autopsy results?
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