A shocking new lawsuit is claiming a hospital used a legal loophole to vaccinate newborn babies without seeking parental consent.
As far back as September, stories have been surfacing out of Illinois over new parents who refused to allow their newborns get Vitamin K shots, Café Mom reports. According to one of the stories, a couple had their new baby taken for over 12 hours after they said ‘no’ to the shot. Other parents say they were intimidated or pressured by hospital staff, who claimed they were temporarily putting the babies in protective custody in order to administer the shots.
According to a leaked transcript, medical staff admitted to overstepping their bounds in order to give the infants the Vitamin K shot. These shots have been administered throughout American hospitals since the ‘60s in order to prevent blood clotting in infants, who are naturally born with low levels of the vitamin. However, it’s within every parent’s right to refuse the shot for their newborn.
The three hospitals named in the lawsuit include Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, and University of Chicago Medical Center, the publication reports. The defendants are accusing the hospitals of “medical neglect” by refusing to ascertain their signatures on consent forms before administering the shots. Even more disturbing, the families that were impacted were visited by Department of Children and Family Services following the impermissible Vitamin K shots.
The lawsuit claims, "[The hospitals] used the power given to them as State officials and/or employees and through their authorities and investigative powers to cause the Plaintiffs to be threatened and coerced into accepting unwanted and unnecessary medical procedures."
The hospitals, however, are alleging that the doctors were within their rights to put the children in protective custody to administer the shots. This was confirmed in an April 2018 audio recording featuring hospital board members. One board member can be heard saying, "You can take … Protective custody is just the right to do what you think is right for the baby. And, DCFS, if they say, 'Yes, that we agree with you, cause this is our rule.' You give the vitamin K and then do any of us really care what happens next?"
"I don't think the families or the hospital are bad actors," said Dr. Jaspreet Loyal, an associate professor of pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital, has said about the case. "The hospital [staff] advocates for children and they're trying to do the right thing. And the parents are looking at it as advocating for their child, and needing to do the right thing for them."