DoH7 investigates ‘mouth taped baby’ in Cebu hospital
CEBU CITY, Cebu- A top official from the Department of Health (DoH) 7 announced an investigation on the case of a newborn baby whose mouth was reportedly taped by a nurse for crying too loud inside the hospital nursery.
Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DoH 7 regional director bared a fact finding investigation even have not yet file a formal complaint against the hospital.
A picture of a baby boy with his taped mouth went viral after his father Ryan Noval took to Facebook to register his disappointment with the hospital.
The baby named Yohannes born last May 3 in Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc. in this city will be released today (May 13).
Noval and his partner Jasmine regularly visit him so that she could breastfeed their son. But last May 9, the couple was shocked to find their son’s lips taped while sleeping at the nursery. When they asked why the boy’s mouth was taped, a nurse told them the baby was crying too loud and was always asking for milk.
Jasmine asked the nurse to remove the plaster from her son’s lips. But the nurse reportedly told her to remove the plaster herself. Jasmine hesitated in fear of hurting her son, so the nurse removed the tape eventually. The baby cried during the process which broke his parents’ heart.
Dr. Raida Varona, the hospital’s medical director, said they are investigating who among the nurses on duty taped the baby’s mouth, stressing that such act is not part of their protocol.