Health providers are always instructed to be extra cautious when handling newborns. They are small, sensitive, and fragile. However, a nurse from Hofileña Hospital, a private hospital in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, seemed to have forgotten this. She allegedly cut two of a two-day old baby girl’s toes while changing its bandages with scissors.
According to a report, the nurse was just supposed to change the adhesive plasters on the right foot while giving her a bath at 6A.M. on Wednesday. She mistakenly cut two of the baby’s toes without knowing. The newborn was immediately rushed to the operating room. Unfortunately, they were only able to attach one of the two toes back to the baby’s foot.
Pagadian City police chief, Superintendent Michael Palermo, recognized the suspect as Riza Dominisac, 30 years old. Palermo said that Dominisac was arrested at 5 P.M., hours after the incident.
Palermo added that the father of the baby, Charles Delmar, just discovered that his daughter’s little toe was severed four hours after it happened. A physician had told Delmar that what happened was accidental.
Insp. Lerma Boron, chief of the Pagadian City police’s WCD, said the hospital was uncooperative but they were able to locate Dominisac and arrest her. Dominisac got arrested at her sister’s residence in a village in Lumbia, Pagadian City, after Delmar filed a case of physical injury against the nurse.
The appropriate charges are to be set by the police against the nurse. The baby girl’s parents are also considering filing a lawsuit against the private hospital.