A Long Island nurse was fired after parents alleged that they filmed her slamming a newborn baby into a bassinet.
The shocking incident happened at Good Samaritan University Hospital in West Islip, Long Island, New York.
The allegations claim that the father of a two-day-old Nikko, Fidel Sinclair, heard his son crying in the neonatal ICU. The distraught father pulled out the phone and saw the nurse slamming his baby.
Nikko’s mom, Consuelo Saravia, said the time at the Good Samaritan University Hospital was traumatic. She told the media, “It was heartbreaking,” said Saravia. “I couldn’t stop crying, I couldn’t even sleep.”
The dad said that the incident “just broke me.” Sinclair added, “I didn’t know what to do.”
He showed the video to his son’s mom, and Saravia recalled talking to the nurse.
She said, “I told her, ‘I don’t want you to touch my child. You just slammed him,'”. The nurse allegedly told the new mom, “Oh no, if you think I mishandled him or anything, I’m sorry.”
Saravia took the video to the hospital’s nurse managers and administrators at Catholic Health, who manage the Good Samaritan hospital.
The hospital released a statement to NCB New York. It said they took “swift and immediate action,” including “conducting an investigation and consequently terminating the individual involved.”
Sinclair also told the same media, “There were a lot of babies in there, and it made me feel like if that happened to Nikko, who else did that happen to?”
He added, “I find it messed up that in a room like that, they have all the curtains closed.”
Nikko’s dad also stated there were no cameras in the area. He would not be aware of what was happening if he hadn’t gone to see his son at that exact time.
Catholic Health also issued a statement to NBC New York: “It is standard procedure to have closed curtains in the neonatal ICU to provide privacy for the patients and their families and because services are being administered at the bedside. Immediate family members are permitted inside the neonatal ICU to spend time with their loved ones.”
Nikko was under antibiotics at the time of the shocking incident. The baby is now home and doing well.
The dad concluded his statement to the media: “If it wasn’t for God who sent me to check on him, we would have never seen any of that happen. And It would have kept happening overnight not only to him but the other babies, too.”
Since this is an ongoing investigation, there will be further updates regarding the hospital, as many wondered if the nurse would be charged with child abuse.
Suffolk Police confirmed that their Special Victims Unit is investigating the incident.
The mom said she believes the nurse should not be caring for anyone, especially newborns at the ICU.
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