Baby's bureaucratic battle ends happily -- at home in Maryland

November 02, 1990

For such a little person, Bianca Mombrun had some big problems.

But yesterday, the prematurely born infant was released from St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore after a successful two-month stay.

Bianca was born Aug. 28 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 13 weeks early, while her mother, Magaly Anglade of New Carrollton, in Prince George's County, was visiting the Caribbean.

The fragile baby was healthy, but she needed advanced care that Haiti could not provide. Her mother wanted to leave immediately for Maryland and more up-to-date medical facilities, but a bureaucratic snag developed over the mother's marital status when proof was not immediately available she was married to a U.S. citizen, Reginald Mombrun.

But the U.S. State Department, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, Md., and Dr. Arthur Steinberg, associate medical director for CareFirst Health Maintenance Organization got together and cut the red tape.

The mother and infant left Haiti Aug. 31 on an air ambulance and were back in Maryland six hours later. They were taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where Bianca grew in size and health.

Yesterday, a happy mother, father and daughter joined with Cardin, Steinberg and Dr. Karen Broderick of St. Agnes Hospital to announce that Bianca was leaving the hospital and going home.

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