A distraught family is perplexed as to why they have yet to receive an apology from the doctor who dropped their daughter immediately after her delivery. What should have been the most joyous occasion of their lives took a distressing turn- one that they'll never forget.
At an Arizona hospital in February, Derrick Rogers was filming the birth of his twin girls when he witnessed one of them, Morgan, slip from the doctor’s hands and land head first onto a table. After the baby fell, nearby attendees quickly reached out to deter her from falling to the floor. The doctor was essentially speechless after reviewing the video taken by the father- but his demeanour was unstirred and lacked any compassion. Derrick noted that the doctor's behaviour was non-chalant, never expressing a single word of regret.
Monique Rogers, the mother of the newborn twin girls, endured a unique remorse.
"As a mother, you’re supposed to be there to protect her and I felt like I wasn’t there to protect her when she was born. I couldn’t stop them from being rough with her or him holding her with one hand, I couldn’t stop him. I don’t know if she’ll be hurt for the rest of her life."
The couple told 12 News in Phoenix that they're worried about possible head trauma to their daughter, as well as any long-term effects. The image of the doctor picking up Morgan, rubbing her head and wiping her with a blanket is intractable. Monique conveyed that she felt her newborn was treated like nothing more than a sack of potatoes.
Monique went on to explain that Morgan tends to tense up and that her body often shakes. Her baby girl also suffered a grade 1 hemorrhage on the left side of her brain, and Monique still needs to establish if it was due to Morgan’s low birth weight, or a severe result to her being dropped on her head.
“An apology when it happened could’ve gone a long way,” she said.
Having been unable to obtain any answers from hospital staff, the family recently published the disturbing video on Facebook. Monique posted that she was never actually notified that Morgan was dropped, nor were there any tests done following the incident. Both she and Derrick explained that they shared their story on social media to prevent similar, future negligence from happening to another family.
As for the hospital, they did issue a public statement about the couple's negative experience.
“The safety of our patients and their families is always our top concern,” officials told AZCentral. “The medical team at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center takes this matter extremely seriously.”
At this point however, the family is unable to move forward and receive closure. One can only hope that they'll get more answers- if not for themselves, but for the fragile health of their baby girl.