The baby of my friend died in the hospital because of neglect of the nurses..

Philippines
May 8, 2007 10:58pm CST
I cried the night I heard the news that the 9-month old baby daughter of my friend died in the hospital because of the neglect of the nurses on duty..My friend and his wife really were at a loss and at the same time really mad.They rushed their baby to the hospital 3 days before because the baby has a high fever.My friend was not financially well-off so they were able to send the baby to a public hospital because it is much cheaper. On the 2nd day, the baby was doing ok and has recovered her strength already and able to play with her dad.HOwever, the doctors decided to let the baby stay for one more day to observe her condition. On the 3rd day, the mom was with the baby when she noticed that the baby was having a hard time breathing so she called the nurse on duty to help her and find out what's wrong. The nurses on duty did not care and just glanced at the baby saying "it's alright,there's nothing wrong." The mom was already frantic and carried the baby and running down the hospital hall looking for a doctor or nurse but none of the nurses even bothered to help her or the baby. After a few minutes, the baby died already.. My friend was really mad and depressed at the same time. He keeps on blaming himself that he was not rich so he wasnt able to have his daughter be treated in a private hospital wherein she could have gotten better treatment and then she wouldnt have to die.. At the same time, they were really mad at the hospital because many nurses witnessed the incident but no one bothered to respond or help the baby. They are thinking of suing the hospital for neglect, not because they want some money to be compensated to them, but mainly because they want some justice for their baby girl..Do you think they should file this case or are they just prolonging their agony if they sue? Because justice system in our country is really not that good especially since they are not really rich.The case may take time, months or even years without a result.
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17 responses
9 May 07
This is so sad that this happened to your friends youngster. I think if I was in thier shoes I would be persuing them to get the best case possible for the neglect this hospital had caused. My heart goes out to this family and thier sad loss.. Hope they can find a decent Lawyer to take on this case for them to gain the best results! OK money wont bring this baby back, but it might prevent some other family going through what they did. Lynn-Marie
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• United States
9 May 07
What a heartbreaking story. I am very sorry to hear about this. Neglect is a terrible thing. They might even be able to bring charges for criminal neglect. If they decide to sue, no one could blame the for doing it. My best suggestion would be for them to think about things for a while and not make a decision while they are so upset. They must be just devastated. It's usually not good to make important decisions when upset. At the same time, they shouldn't wait too long either as their are deadlines for filing lawsuits. They might want to find an attorney that offers free consultations and discuss the situation. Thoughts and prayers for this hurting family in their time of need. So sad.
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
9 May 07
i'm so sorry to hear the sad news... it is really maddening that hospitals can do that to a human life... whether it is a public or private hospital, it doesn't make any difference... nurses and doctors should provide service to people and it is their duty to save humans' lives... i can understand how your friend feel as i will feel the same if this incident happens to me... i will pray for your friend and his family so that God will give him the comfort and strength that they need to overcome this difficult situation...
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• Philippines
10 May 07
thank you so much lingli..i really do hope my friend will overcome this..he is a very jovial person and always like to make people laugh and i hate to see him so down and depressed like this..
• United States
9 May 07
i can't even begin to tell you how sick that ames me. i know full well how much nurses negelct patients. i was in the hospital for 2 years after a car accident nearly took my life. So many more problems arose than ever would have due to poor nursing. Your friends have to make the decision to sue on their own. Nobody can tell them what to do in this situation. i have no idea what the justice system is like there. Perhaps your friends should speak to a lawyer about what they can expect out of a lwsuit before they make the decision to sue or not. i wish them the best of luck and offer my most sincere condolences.
• Philippines
10 May 07
thank you xfallenxlost.. unfortunately, the justice system here in our country seems to work only for the rich people..if you are poor and you file a lawsuit, most of the time, either you lose or the case will drag on for years and years without results..
• India
9 May 07
It is very sad to hear such a news and it is unbearable.This type of news is now becomming common now a days.Some times this type of incident occurs because of fate.If it is really a fault from the nurse side,she should be terminated from the job.
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• Philippines
9 May 07
yes, i have heard also of other cases here in our country wherein people die because of neglect of doctors, nurses and hospitals and i didnt imagine that it would happen to one of my friends.. and it really saddens me most especially that she was just a 9-month old baby.. and how we have even planned that i was going to be one of the godmother on her baptismal..
• India
10 May 07
Yes it really unfortunate thing. In india like these things somany in every day. Here Hospital and employees are buried with bribery.
@Mickie30 (2631)
9 May 07
I am sorry to hear about this neglect it is terrible it must be such a difficult time for your friend. It sounds like your friend needs help in the form of counselling she should really talk about this bottling it up doesn't help. It sounds like suing the hospital is a way of making things right for them but, they need to come to terms with this and talk to someone about it if they still want to sue then they should go ahead with it, but they need to talk things through first.
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@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
9 May 07
The couple must consult a lawyer to know what is the right step to do it, and pursue the plan..negligence is what also i have heared in news and by mouth ..
@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
9 May 07
I wouldn't blame them if they do sue the hospital. That was totally uncalled for. I'm not a person who likes to sue people but sometimes there is a need for it and in this case I believe there is. If the nurses would do that to one child there is always he possibility of it happening to another child or to an adult also. They need to be taught a lesson in this case. I'm so terribly sorry for your friend and the loss of her baby. I'll be praying for the whole family. God Bless You All.
• Malaysia
9 May 07
I am really sad hearing the story from your friend. I really hope your friend will proceed the lawsuit.I think we all doesn't the case will repeat again, in order to STOP the tragic again in future, the victim has to stand up, it's their right to get their justice.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
9 May 07
That is more then neglect. That is derlicition of duty. Yes they should sue and make sure that they list all the doctors, nurses and everyone they can that was there. That way they can't try to push the blame on someone else. I'm so sorry for their loss and it shouldn't have happened. It was wrong of the nurses and other staff to do that. I wish I could say this is the first time I've heard of such but it's not. Please let your friend know it has nothing to do with his earnings. I've known others who have had insurance and could afford to pay and problems still happen.
@sidoney (1033)
• Jamaica
9 May 07
these things are why women go crazy and do bad thing did you know that the persent of women in person for mrder is higher that that of men much higher but to the point I fell so sad for them as I don't know what I would do if I lost my son she should sue I know there must be some rich erson who would like to help for one she should at least seek free legal advice
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
9 May 07
I am rally sorry to hear this. In my country it happens most of the time in gov hospitals. Not only that happens also in good nursing homes.I think the doctors and nurses in hospitals really don't bother about the patients. Most of all in publixc hospitals. they just play with the innocent lives.
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• India
9 May 07
It is really a sad incident being happened to ur friend...i am really feeling very bad for her.....yes i feel that she should sue the hospital as it was negligence on their part not to take care of the child even when the patient called for their assistance..this will make hospital staff realise for their act and they will not repeat it in the future....so go ahead and support your friend....
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• Philippines
9 May 07
Yes they should file a case against the hospital and all of the nurses and doctors who's in their duty that day. Having a slow process of justice here is also bad reality. But i hope that everything will go well to your friend even it's really hard for them.
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@impaktita (966)
• Philippines
19 May 07
oh gosh what a sad story. I just really don't get people there in the Philippines. I been to a hospital there once and ended up swearing at the front desk cause they were asking us to "down" some cash before my cousin could be treated, she cut her hand and was bleeding pretty bad. Since I was a "balikbayan" I did not like how we were treated and surely gave them a piece of my mind. I even threw down the money on the desk, I was even tempted to throw it at theyre faces. R.I.P to your friends baby. I feel so sorry and sad for the mommy and I am a mom myself and my son is currently 7 months old.
@aliyaa (580)
• India
18 May 07
Its a very heart breaking ...I am so sorry for your friend..One of my neighbour also had this experiance two years back and i have seen her behaviour at that time.. She was not outside for 5 months ...Now she is getting back from shock.. Its the time for you to show your friendship to her ... You should try to be there with her all time and try to talk with her most time...Try to get the parents the normal life as quick as possible.. Regarding the case..It should be taken into court so that it will be lesson for all those who are not dedicated for their job...How many time it may take ...It will help to save another life of a child...