Saudi hospital fires 3 nurses for abusing newborn

Three nurses were fired from their job at a maternity hospital in Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after they mistreated a newborn baby.

A 5-second video posted in Youtube shows a nurse toying with the head of the baby, while the one filming it is laughing at how the newborn looks.

The video went viral and sparked an outrage in the Kingdom against the erring health workers.

Arab News reported that an investigation was carried out, and three nurses were initially suspended on Wednesday, January 3.

Hours later, the Ministry of Health announced that the nurses were fired and their medical licenses have been revoked; they are now prohibited from practicing nursing in other health sectors.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, who teaches medical ethics at the National Guard Hospital in Jeddah, told Arab News: “When it comes to children being victims, it’s a very natural reaction for people to sympathize so strongly with them because babies are voiceless and they cannot speak for themselves; thus, adults feel the need to speak for them.”

He added: “In retrospect, people who work in the medical sector, whether it be doctors or nurses, are under heavy scrutiny from the public. People expect them to respect their careers and responsibilities. To the people, doctors and nurses are the epitome of goodness, so they aren’t allowed any slights or shortcomings; their mistakes will always be exaggerated.”

“That doesn’t mean we are appointed as judges who pass judgment on wrongdoers. People should leave that to the authorities as they will assess the situation justly, instead of further harming the child and his parents, in this case.”

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