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Newborn Baby Received Fractured Skull When Dropped by Nurse

"We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation." 
(Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)
"We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation." (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

A Pennsylvania newborn baby was airlifted to a Pittsburgh children’s hospital 60 miles away after being dropped on his head by a sleeping nurse.

The baby received a skull fracture and bleeding on the right side of his skull.

The Uniontown police have confirmed that a 30-year-old nurse was reportedly “drowsy” when the incident occurred at 6 am local time at the birthing center in the Uniontown hospital.

CBS News reported that Jacqueline Hunt, the 1-day-old baby’s mother, said: “The pediatrician came in and told us that [the nurse] was feeding him and burping him, and she was drowsy and fell asleep, and dropped him.

“If she was tired, she should have known professionally not to pick up this child,” she added.

The hospital in a statement said: “We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation.”

The mother was not made aware of the incident until an hour after the incident, reported Daily News.

The hospital also said: “We are thankful that it appears that this incident did not result in significant injury, and we will continue to work to ensure that we do all we can to prevent such incidents from occurring.

“We are also supporting the nurse involved in the incident, recognizing her dedication to her job and the anguish she is suffering. Her official status remains under review as we continue to gather information regarding what occurred.”

Police are investigating, but have said that no criminal charges have been laid as they don’t believe any criminal conduct was involved. However, the hospital is conducting an internal investigation.

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