Looks like little Blue Ivy Carter just survived her first PR disaster. A probe opened by the New York State Health Department into how Lenox Hill Hospital handled the birth of Beyoncé's and Jay-Z's first born has been shut...less than 24 hours after it was initiated.
The state Health Department announced the probe yesterday following claims that the safety of other babies was put at risk and parents were blocked from seeing their newborns to accommodate the power couple and their security guards.
Spokesman Michael Moran said, “We have gotten two complaints and we will investigate.” He said the complaints were “not from parents” — one was anonymous, and the other came from “a person who read about it.”
But then, hours later, the Health Department abruptly declared it has closed the review, and department official Jeffrey Gordon announced, “We have reviewed the complaints and they have been dismissed.’’ Was it indeed an open-and-shut case, or did someone get slipped a Cuban cigar from the new daddy?
They may have gotten an easy pass from the Health Department, but Bey and Jay didn't exactly win any fans among their fellow new parents in the neo-natal ward on Saturday when they took over two floors of the hospital for the arrival of Blue Ivy, reports the New York Post.
Security guards, dressed in black and wearing “Special Event” badges, turned the hospital’s fourth and sixth floors into a backstage area, and family members of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were delayed seeing their children if Beyoncé wanted to use the hallways.
New mom Rozz Nash-Coulon tells the Post that tape was placed over security cameras on the NICU floor, leaving the preemies — who are not given security sensor tags like other newborns — unmonitored. A new dad, Edgar Rodriguez, said security guards prevented him from seeing his new daughter for three hours after she was born.
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