FF12: Wichita family fights for infant daughter's death certificate

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A Wichita family is one step closer to laying their infant daughter to rest following a two-week battle to get her death certificate signed.

(Source: Family of Jailyn Green)

Nakiya Green gave birth on Nov. 30 in the middle of her living room. She says that wasn't part of their plan.

"She came fast. There were three paramedics and two firefighters and they were just amazing," she recalls.

Nakiya and her husband James learned early in the pregnancy their daughter had enlarged kidneys, leaving little room for her lungs to grow.

"We were given the option very early to terminate the pregnancy and we chose not to," says James. "We chose to keep praying and keep our faith up. That's why I was so excited to see her kicking and see her moving. That was my sign that it was okay, she's okay."

Jailyn Noel Faith Green lived for three hours. She died on her mother's chest in the NICU at Via Christi St. Joseph.

"I just was ready to come home because this is where she had life. She let us see her with life," says Nakiya.

The family has started making a memorial for Jailyn but haven't been able to bring her remains home. They say that's because it's taken nearly two weeks for someone to sign off on her death certificate. That's why the family called Factfinder 12 for help.

"It's devastating, it really is. It's a constant reminder where she is and we have to do something, we have to get her home," she says.

The Greens say the mortuary and Vital Statistics Bureau have both tried contacting the only doctor listed on their paperwork. The family has also tried calling multiple times and even went to the hospital.

"Even the staff there were like, 'you know, this isn't something you guys should have to be doing,'" said Nakiya.

Factfinder 12 first called Via Christi Wednesday evening to find out why there was a delay in issuing the death certificate. A Via Christi spokesperson told us they could not comment on specific patient cases but would look into the situation.

We then asked the family to try calling the hospital with us present. They were told a different doctor needed to sign the death certificate, but they couldn't give the family a name.

We then asked the family to call the mortuary. That's when they learned the mortuary had the signature, and the family would soon be able to bring their baby's remains home.

"It's a big relief knowing we can breathe now. It's a big relief knowing that we're able to bring her home," says Nakiya.

The Greens got the result they wanted after FactFinder 12 started making calls. But it's still unclear what led to the delay in issuing the death certificate.

The spokesperson for Via Christi says any time there is a delay in service they will look into what went wrong and whether something could have been done differently. Only the physician who declares a death can sign off on the death certificate. We were told it is a "top priority" to get the electronic signature as soon as they receive a request from the mortuary.