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Child Breaks Skull After Falling Out Of Nurse's Arms

March 26, 2017

A young Canadian mother has expressed interest in pursuing legal action against a nurse who dropped her child. The baby fell out of the nurse's arms while the nurse was feeding the child. However, the mother alleges that the nurse fell asleep while feeding the baby and dropped the child, resulting in the infant sustaining a fractured skull. The baby's mother wants answers as to how this could have happened.

According to the Toronto Sun, the incident happened on February 20, 2017, around 3 o'clock in the morning. The boy's mother reported to the Sun that she received a telephone call from her son's nurse stating that he fell out of her arms while feeding. The nurse reportedly told the mother that the on-call pediatrician examined the child and determined the baby was uninjured. The nurse admitted to the mother that she fell asleep during the feeding and was apologetic. However, there was no explanation offered as to precisely why the child fell or why the hospital waited five hours to call the family to inform them of the occurrence.

The child, who was born at 29 weeks gestation on December 23, 2016, was in the hospital because of a lung condition caused by his premature birth. He was in a special care unit staffed by nurses trained to provide medical care for premature children. The mother claims that if the nurse was tired, then she should not have reported to work that night.

The boy's family was concerned about the hospital's response to the situation as well as the nurse's failures that day. His mother went to the hospital check on her son. The woman claims the hospital said that the child was okay; however, the mother thought that the left side of his head was swollen. Another pediatrician examined the child at the mother's insistence and concluded that the child was uninjured from the fall.

Still, the mother persisted. She had the child transferred to another healthcare facility for examination. The medical professionals there performed a CT scan, which revealed what physicians diagnosed as a depressed fracture as well as an acute subdural hematoma.

The child's parents are now concerned with the child's future. Physicians indicated to them that the wounds may take six months to heal, but could take as long as 12 months. Worse, the boy's parents are left wondering what the ramifications, if any, from the fall might be. The parents have made an appointment with a special needs development clinic. Whether the child will suffer any long-term effects of the fall and injury, remain to be seen.

Despite the family's allegations of wrongdoing, the hospital has defended the nurse and the decisions she made that night, but expressed regret of the incident as well. It also stated that the nurse was not suspended because she followed hospital protocol immediately after the incident and that the nurse was a highly-qualified and excellent healthcare provider. 

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