Arizona Hospital Staff Drop Infant After Delivery and Dad Catches It on Video
The parents of an infant girl have shared a disturbing video taken by the newborn’s father shortly after she was born alongside her twin sister on February 14, 2019. The video takes place at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Arizona hospital and shows the newborn, named Morgan, haphazardly dropped on her head just moments after the birth while being tended to by three employees.
The video, posted on Facebook by the girl’s mother Monique Rodgers, is troubling to watch. In the mother’s comments related to the post she shared that, “I was never notified she was dropped. I would like to prevent this from happening to other children being born at this hospital.”
If the video is too much to watch, this is what our team viewed.
- While being held by a staff member, Morgan flipped over, lands headfirst on the table and nearly over the edge.
- Staff reach for her and catch her in time but immediately just turn her back over and wrap her in a blanket.
- No one checks for injuries or alerts the parents, however the nurse who dropped Morgan does look up at another employee, but they do not exchange or express concern.
It wasn’t until five days later that the parents say the hospital performed a head ultrasound on Morgan which showed she was suffering from a grade 1 hemorrhage on the left side of her brain. The parents believe it may have happened because of the drop or from the child’s prematurity. Either way, they are rightful to be concerned and have questions.
Chandler Regional Medical Center said it is reviewing the incident but yet to comment publicly beyond that.
What Is Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)?
If a newborn like Morgan experiences an intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), this means there is bleeding into the fluid-filled areas (ventricles) inside the brain. The condition can occur in babies that are born early (premature) because blood vessels in the brain of premature infants are fragile and not yet fully developed but IVH is rarely present at birth.
Sometimes IVH can lead to problems that may not show up for several years, even into adulthood and some hemorrhages when not quickly diagnosed can cause long-term delays in:
- Physical development
- Communicating with others
- Getting along with others
- Behavior problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also called ADHD) and anxiety
- Neurological disorders, like cerebral palsy, that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body
Families who follow through with a birth injury or hospital negligence lawsuit can feel helpless and scared, especially when trusting the facts and information presented by medical staff that were once likely to be trusted. If something happens to a mother or an infant before, during or after the birth process that has caused an injury, you may need to seek legal advice, particularly if you or your baby are now dealing with a lifetime of medical costs as a result of the incident.
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We have a strong history of successful cases, including those addressing a variety of birth-related injuries. Call 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or fill out our personal injury case intake form and an attorney will get back to you shortly.