A distraught mother is suing an Ontario-based hospital after a nurse reportedly fell asleep and dropped the mom’s newborn infant on his head.
The National Post reports that Kelsey Bond delivered twin boys in February at the Quinte Health Care (QHC) hospital. The babies, born prematurely, were transferred to the special care unit for surveillance shortly after birth. Bond claims that she received an early morning call from the hospital on February 20, telling her that a nurse fell asleep while feeding one of the babies, Kieran, and accidentally dropped him.
“I received a phone call at eight o’clock in the morning saying that the nurse had fallen asleep feeding him and woke up to him crying on the floor.”
The hospital told Bond that her son was fine, and that is was just standard procedure to notify her when any accident occurred. Shaken, she hung up with a sneaking suspicion that her son wasn’t as “fine” as the hospital claimed. Later that day, she called the hospital and requested a head ultrasound for Kieran.
Kieran was transferred to Kingston General Hospital, where he underwent a CT scan. The results showed Bond that acting on her instincts proved to be correct. The little boy had a depressed skull fracture, and blood between his brain and skull.
OHC apologized profusely about the situation and said that the incident was extremely rare. However, the nurse who fell asleep and dropped the baby wasn’t fired or even suspended for the incident.
“We can’t have people thinking that they’ll automatically lose their jobs or be reprimanded for a human mistake,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.
Bond didn’t take lightly to what she felt was a nonchalant response from the hospital. She sued for neglect and filed a formal complaint with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
QHC has yet to comment regarding the lawsuit.
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