An Arizona couple is demanding answers after a personal video they recorded moments after the birth of their daughter shows a hospital employee dropping the newborn on her head.
ABC15 reports Derrick and Monique Rodgers’s twin girls, Morgan and Madison, were born prematurely on Valentine’s Day 2019 at Chandler Regional Medical Center.
Although the girls were born ahead of schedule, Monique and Derrick say their birth was still the happiest moment of their lives. However, when it came time for the babies to be cleaned, Derrick recorded something deeply disturbing.
“I kind of promised myself that I would never watch that video again,” Monique told ABC15.
In the video, Morgan, who weighed just three pounds and four ounces, was dropped by one of the doctors and fell onto a table.
“I feel like she was treated like a sack of potatoes,” Monique told the local news station.
Frustrated by the lack of apologies or answers from the hospital, Derrick shared the video to Facebook on May 1 and it was viewed over 100,000 in less than 24 hours.
Derrick said the incident instantly infuriated him.
“It made me so mad. Like, I had to stop recording,” he told ABC15.
Shortly after, Derrick confronted the doctor who let his baby girl fall out of his arms.
“I told him, ‘You dropped my baby,’” Derrick said. “He had like a nonchalant look on his face. Then I showed him the video, and he had nothing to say after that.”
One week later, an ultrasound revealed Morgan had “a grade one germinal matrix small bleed,” also known as a small brain hemorrhage.
The Rodgers family said they were also not made aware of the results of the ultrasound until six weeks after it was performed.
A former neonatal nurse told ABC15 these types of hemorrhages are pretty common in premature babies and will not lead to any long-term negative effects.
Derrick and Monique say while Morgan is doing well now, she does experience random bouts of shaking.
“She does this like tensing up and her body kind of shakes,” Monique told ABC15.
Right now, Monique and Derrick want to know if the shaking could be a result of the drop.
“I would like to know if this was due to her having a low birth weight or if it was due to her being dropped on her head,” Monique added.
While the parents are confident their daughter will still have a healthy life, they want the hospital staff to be held accountable for their actions.
“You know, an apology when it happened could’ve gone a long way,” said Monique.
Although Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center has not commented on specifics of the incident, officials at the hospital did release the following 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.”
(Photo: Fox10 Arizona)
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