So the other day we had a debate about parents who didn't take their child to the hospital, but in this case the parents did the right thing but didn't trust the doctor so wanted a second opinion and took their child to another hospital and then their child was removed from them AFTER they got home from the hospital and taken back to the first hospital. Should CPS have been able to remove this child even though a Doctor said that the child was ok to be taken home?
A young Russian couple living in California is struggling to understand the events of the past few weeks, which began with a trip to the hospital and continued days later with police forcing entry into the couple?s home to take their child.
Anna Nikolayev and her husband Alex brought their five-month-old boy Sammy to Sacramento?s Sutter Memorial Hospital after he began exhibiting flu symptoms. He had been diagnosed with a heart murmur at birth, according to News 10, a local ABC affiliate.
Sammy was admitted to the hospital?s Intensive Care Unit, at which point his mother witnessed a nurse administering the baby with antibiotics, apparently without instructions from the doctor.
?I asked her, ?For what is that?? And she?s like ?I don?t know.? And then I said ?You?re working as a nurse and you don?t he know what you?re giving my baby??? Anna struggled to explain through her tears.
Mrs. Nikolayev added that a doctor said the child should not have been given antibiotics, although they did want to perform heart surgery on Sammy immediately. At that point, Anna said, the couple decided to rush Sammy out of the hospital in search of a second opinion on his condition.
?If [they made] one mistake after another, I don?t want to let my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don?t feel safe,? she said.
The parents traveled directly from Sutter Memorial to Kaiser Medical Center in Sacramento, where doctors released Sammy to the care of his parents.
?I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents,? a note from a doctor said. Anna and Alex were forced to show the note to police, who came to the second hospital, presumably after staff at Sutter Memorial called 911.
?The police showed up there. They saw the baby was fine,? Anna told News 10. ?They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought this baby was dying in our arms. So police saw the report from doctors and said, ?Okay, you guys have a good day,? then walked away.?