CEBU CITY - Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc were shocked to see the mouth of their newborn child taped inside a maternity hospital.
“I feel raped as a parent,” said Noval in an interview Sunday. The Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas is set to conduct an investigation on the hospital.
Jasmine, who would have celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, didn’t feel festive at all after seeing her son’s condition. After the couple’s son was born last May 3, the child had to stay for a few days in the hospital due to an infection he incurred at birth. Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the name of the hospital pending the comment of its officials.
The couple had to return to the hospital every day to breastfeed their son. But last May 9, the couple was shocked to find their son’s lips taped while sleeping at the nursery. When they asked why the boy’s mouth was taped, a nurse told them the baby was crying too loudly and was always asking for milk.
Jasmine asked the nurse to remove the plaster from her son’s lips. But the nurse reportedly told her to remove the plaster herself. Jasmine was afraid she might hurt the baby. The nurse eventually volunteered to remove the tape herself.