After giving birth to beautiful twin girls, a new mother decided to watch the video of the birth. However, what the camera captured the medical staff doing to one of her newborns immediately caused her stomach to drop.
When 27-year-old Monique Rogers went into labor with twins at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center in Arizona, she was relieved to hear that her little girls were okay, despite being born prematurely. Like most excited fathers, her husband Derrick was by her side the entire time, capturing every moment on camera. What the couple later realized was that the footage would expose a secret.
Whether it’s quick and smooth or long and difficult, labor is an exhausting process for the mother. So, once the tired mama is done pushing, it’s up to the medical staff to make sure the newborn is healthy and receptive. What no one expects is for medical professionals to be the cause of a child’s suffering.
After watching the video that Derrick had captured, the couple watched in horror as a doctor was captured dropping one of their twin girls on her head, according to FOX 10. Newborn Morgan is shown crying loudly as a doctor picks her up with one hand before the underweight infant, who still has clamps attached to her, slips out and plummets upside down to the table.
Morgan was just milliseconds away from slamming to the floor as the medical staff quickly snatch her up from the cart’s edge, vigorously rub her head, and place her back in the center of the table. Disturbingly, the doctor then goes on as if nothing happened, roughly tending to the child.
Although the fall could easily prove fatal to the tiny infant, the medical staff never once informed the parents of Morgan’s accident. In fact, they didn’t even check the newborn for common injuries related to being dropped on the head. Instead, they placed Morgan in the NICU for 12 days only because she was born underweight.
It wasn’t until the doctors performed a head ultrasound on Morgan five days after her fall that they discovered she had a grade 1 hemorrhage on the left side of her brain. Although it is unclear if the injury was caused by the fall or due to the twins being underweight, Morgan’s parents are still searching for answers.
Monique explained that even though the head ultrasound was performed on Morgan and a serious injury was found, she never received the results of the test. It was almost as if the hospital feared a lawsuit for the baby’s head trauma.
“It’s just traumatic,” said Monique. “You go through this for nine months, and for them to just drop your baby. You don’t know if there’s going to be long-term damage, because nobody has talked to you. Nobody has brought it to your attention.”
Derrick told reporters that he immediately spoke up when he saw Morgan fall. However, even after he showed the doctor the footage of the incident, the hospital did nothing about it.
“When he came into the room I said you dropped my daughter,” Derrick told 12 News. “His initial reaction was nothing at first. He then asked to see the video. When I showed him the video he was speechless.”
Incredibly, the family isn’t suing the hospital or asking for a financial settlement. In fact, Monique says that she just wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other baby. She has merely asked for an apology, which she has yet to receive.
“I just wanted people to know what happened to my baby,” Monique said. “As a mother, you’re supposed to be there to protect her and I felt like I wasn’t there to protect her when she was born. I couldn’t stop them from being rough with her or him holding her with one hand, I couldn’t stop him. I don’t know if she’ll be hurt for the rest of her life.”
The hospital maintains that they are investigating the incident but refused to comment on the accusations the Rogers have lobbied against them, according to a statement.
“Because of patient privacy laws and a request from the family not to release information, we are unable to comment specifically on this matter. The safety of our patients and their families is always our top concern. The medical team at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center takes this matter extremely seriously and is working to conduct a comprehensive review.”
Monique and Derrick say that the incident is forever ingrained into their minds. Unfortunately, they may never know if Morgan’s injury was caused by the doctor or is simply a result of her premature birth.
“It traumatized me then, but having to relive this is not something I wanted to do,” Monique said.
Hopefully, Monique and Derrick receive the answers and apology they so desperately deserve. For now, Morgan and her twin sister Madison are making huge strides in their development. Only time will tell if Morgan has any long-term effects from the horrific ordeal.