Baby taped his own mouth

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


NO, I don’t believe that a nurse at the Cebu Maternity Hospital sealed the mouth of the baby, whose picture and accompanying story have gone viral in the internet. The nurse is trained and has taken an oath to provide tender and loving care to people.

She will not violate that oath.

But neither do I believe that it was the baby’s parents who did it. What motive do they have to falsely accuse hospital personnel of taping their child’s mouth? It couldn’t be money because if extortion were the plan, they should have arranged for the mother to give birth at Cebu Doctors and Chong Hua hospitals where the money is better and bigger.

So if it was neither the hospital personnel nor the parents who did it, who taped the baby’s mouth? I think the baby did it himself. I can imagine the following dialogue taking place that day the tape found its way to the child’s lips:
Baby: Nurse, I’m hungry.

Nurse: Hush, you’re going to wake up the other babies.

Baby: But nurse, I’m really hungry.

Nurse glares at the baby, then picks a bottle and puts it in his mouth. Baby is quiet and the nurse proceeds to make entries in her patients’ charts until:

Baby: Nurse, I am wet.

Nurse: Keep quiet. You’re waking up your neighbors.

Baby: But nurse, I’m really wet.

Nurse, stands up, approaches the baby and changes his diapers.

Nurse: Now stay quiet. I have some forms to fill up.

She goes back to the patients’ charts. Boy keeps silent but only for a while.

Irritated Nurse: Didn’t I tell you to keep quiet?

Baby: But I feel like crying.

Nurse (swearing): Zip your mouth or I’ll zip it myself.

Baby is silent but again, only for a while.

Baby: Nurse I really feel like crying. I miss mom and dad. Please zip my mouth.

Nurse (swearing again): You do it yourself.

Baby: How do I do it?

Nurse: Go, figure it out yourself. Here’s the tape.

And so it was thus that the boy’s parents found their son later in the day. And thus I join her camp in urging everyone not to be quick in condemning the poor nurse, who is hurt by the allegations and whose feelings, her lawyer asserted, we should be considerate about at all times.

As you can see, her only fault was in giving the roll of tape to the child.

***

Not very long ago, we were all agitated by the disappearance of trees numbering almost a hundred from the center island of the “other” Osmeña Blvd. The repair work on the boulevard was just starting at the time of the disappearance and a backhoe said to be owned by the contractor was seen on videotape to be near the trees.

The trees were never found again and City Hall’s videotape, which its keeper had guarded with the loyalty of a Doberman, provided little clue when it was finally shown to a group of privileged people.

That led me to suspect that the contractor or his men did not really touch the trees.

What happened was that at the exact moment that City Hall’s security cameras in the vicinity conked out, the trees ran away in fear of the ominous backhoe towards the pier and jumped to freedom in the water, forgetting that they couldn’t swim.

Just recently, another tree was reported missing, a dakit in M. Velez St. which is also currently undergoing repairs. A dakit tree is said to be inhabited by spirits, who can be savage when they are crossed.

I will therefore not dig into its disappearance using the logical thinking I applied in the cases of the baby with the taped mouth and the a little less than a hundred missing trees.

Instead, I will leave it to the spirits to exact justice. If they don’t have logic, at least they have the power.

(frank.otherside@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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