Arizona hospital staff drops newborn on the head, baby suffers brain hemorrhage days later
A prematurely born baby girl was dropped on her head by hospital staff moments after her birth at a hospital in Arizona last February and now the parents claim that their child may be suffering a brain hemorrhage due to the incident.
An Arizona mother recently shared a video on her Facebook page that showed a hospital worker dropping her newborn premature baby on her head on the table, while the others rushed to keep the newborn from falling off the table and again.
According to the Facebook post the mother had uploaded on Wednesday, Monique Rodgers gave birth to twin girls who were born on February 14 at Chandler Regional Medical Center outside of Phoenix.
In her post, Rodgers wrote, "My daughter Morgan was dropped on her head due to the negligence of the staff. I was never notified she was dropped nor were there any tests done due to them dropping her. I would like to prevent this from happening to other children being born at this hospital.”
Adding to that the new mother said that her daughter who she named Morgan, was kept in a neonatal intensive care unit for 12 days because she weighed just around 3 pounds and was prematurely born. She also added the hospital on the fifth day did an ultrasound of the baby's head, but she wasn't informed that it was for the child's low weight and she didn't get to see the test results either.
About a week later the medical tests revealed that Morgan was suffering from a grade-one brain hemorrhage. I am not sure if that was due to her being dropped or her low birth weight,” Rodgers said.
“I did not find out that this test was done and the results of this test until this past Saturday when I brought up a different concern to her doctor,” she wrote. “Please share my video.” And by Friday morning the video had been shared around 50,000 times and had around a million views on Facebook.
“I kind of promised myself that I would never watch that video again,” Rodgers told ABC 15. “I feel like she was treated like a sack of potatoes.”
According to ABC 15, in an interview, Derrick Rodgers, the twin's father who recorded the video said he confronted the worker, "It made me so mad. Like, I had to stop recording. I told him, ‘You dropped my baby.’ He had like a nonchalant look on his face. Then I showed him the video, and he had nothing to say after that.”
The mother said that she wanted answers, especially for the hemorrhage. “I would like to know if this was due to her having a low birth weight or if it was due to her being dropped on her head,” she told ABC 15. “You know, an apology when it happened could’ve gone a long way.”
According to the Arizona Republic, the hospital quoted patient privacy laws and declined to comment on the incident. “The safety of our patients and their families is always our top concern. The medical team at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center takes this matter extremely seriously," the hospital revealed in a statement according to the paper.