News reports revealed that a newborn baby was wrongfully operated on at Lebanon Hospital. The news went viral causing uproar among people.
Jennifer Melton, 31, gave birth to a baby boy, Nate Harper, on Dec. 16 by C-section. According to the mother, the following morning doctors took her baby in order to perform a routine check. Hours later, the nurses returned with some paperwork about a medical procedure on the baby’s tongue, known as a frenulectomy.
This type of surgery is normally performed to address potential speech or feeding problems. None of the parents were aware of the need for a surgical intervention. They figured the paperwork was incorrect. However, when his mother looked at Nate, it was clear that he had been operated on.
Several minutes later, Jennifer received a call from the physician who performed the surgery to inform her they had made a terrible mistake. Dr. Gary Rothfeld admitted in his report that he took the wrong child and that is the first time when such a thing happens to him.
While Melton confirmed the doctor apologized profusely, she is not sure yet if her baby won’t have future problems. She is concerned about the baby’s potential difficulties in speaking or eating.
“I don’t know if he’ll have trouble eating or speaking, it’s something yet to be seen. They ruined our experience of a wonderful time in your life when you are having a new child. I do want people to know they need to be cautious.”
Now she is planning to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Clint Kelly, a certified malpractice attorney stated there’s no possible excuse for cutting on a healthy newborn or for mixing up babies in a hospital. She added the hospital harmed Nate, when he was supposed to be taken care of.
After the mother decided to file a lawsuit against both the hospital and the doctor, the hospital claimed that the physician who did this is not a member of the medical staff. It appears he is an independent doctor who has privileges at the Lebanon Hospital.
Experts declared the fact that a newborn baby was wrongfully operated on raised questions on how hospitals in the country treat their newborns. Moreover, hospitals are trying to reassess their strategies for newborns’ care to see if they can make some improvements to avoid such situations.
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