If your baby was admitted to the hospital with a high fever, you would naturally be worried. You might be concerned with what was causing the fever, if it might do any long-term damage, and when she’d get better. But what happened to one baby in a Florida hospital is something that you’d probably never imagine.
The NY Daily News reports that 3-month-old baby, Selena, was admitted Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center last year for a high fever that lingered. When the baby had recovered and was ready to go home, a nurse came in the room to snip off the IV tubing and bandages, but mistakenly cut part of the baby’s finger off.
Baby Selena’s mom Veronica Olguin saw it all happen:
“I realized it because there was blood everywhere. It was all over her shirt, it was on my shirt. It was on my face. I held her head close to my chest … she was red, she was screaming. And I looked at her hand (and) she didn’t have her finger any more. I started screaming, ‘Her finger! Her finger!’ and that’s when (the nurse) panicked and she threw her scissors and started screaming for the other doctors. And they came in and they picked the finger up from the floor.”
The baby was immediately airlifted to another hospital but the nerves in her small finger were ultimately too tiny to reattach. The hospital did recognize the incident in a statement and apologize, but they stand behind their nurse and maintain it was a horrible accident by an experienced nurse:
An unfortunate accident occurred at our hospital while an experienced nurse was removing bandages from the tip of a child’s finger. We rushed the child to a hand specialist, but unfortunately the tip of the finger could not be reattached. We deeply regret the harm to the child and want to reiterate our compassion and concern for her and her family.
Olguin says she still suffers nightmares from seeing her daughter’s finger cut off and she is worried that her child won’t be able to play sports or will be teased.
The nurse is still employed by the hospital.
What do you think? Should the nurse keep her job? Could this have happened to anyone?
Image: Tampa Tribune
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