A Florida hospital has placed a nurse on administrative leave for allegedly mocking a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit on social media and posting images of the baby on social media.
Jefferson Health System nurse Sierra Samuels reportedly wrote that her “night was going great” before the baby, who apparently has a noticeable health condition, was admitted into the NICU. WFOR reported that Samuels also posted graphic images of the baby to social media, which showed the nature of their birth defect.
According to the news outlet, Samuels suggested the newborn has gastroschisis — which the Mayo Clinic describes as a birth defect that involves the intestine (and occasionally stomach) being located outside the body.
“This leaves the intestines exposed to amniotic fluid and increases the risk of complications, such as poor fetal growth, preterm delivery and stillbirth,” the Mayo Clinic says.
Referring to the newborn’s birth defect, Samuels allegedly wrote, “Your intestines posed (sic) to be inside not outside baby.”
Jackson Heath confirmed to WFOR that the infant’s parent was notified of the apparent data breach.
A hospital spokesperson said, “As soon as we learned of this potential breach, we immediately placed this employee under administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
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[Featured image: Sierra Samuels/Facebook]