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Nurse Fired After Cruelly Mocking Newborn With A Birth Defect

by : Joe Harker on : 02 Oct 2021 15:35
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A Florida nurse has been fired after she was found to be mocking a newborn baby who had a birth defect.

Sierra Samuels, a neonatal intensive care nurse, was fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital on September 30 following an investigation into her social media activity.

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Samuels, who had been working at the hospital since 2016, was placed on administrative leave last month while the investigation into her behaviour was conducted.

Miami City Hospital (Flickr)Phillip Pessar/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

According to the New York Post, a post from Samuels read, ‘My night was going great then boom!’, accompanied by the picture of a newborn which had been taken in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

A second photo was then posted with the caption, ‘Your intestines posed to be inside not outside baby!’ alongside another picture of the baby and a hashtag naming the condition as gastroschisis.

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Hospital officials told WOFR that patient privacy was a ‘top priority’ and that all employees go through privacy policy training on a regular basis.

Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal wall, a person’s belly, where the intestines are outside the baby’s body.

It occurs during early pregnancy if the abdominal muscles do not form correctly, leaving a hole next to the belly button through which a person’s intestines and other organs can exit the body. Surgery shortly after birth can fix the defect.

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Topics: News, Baby, fired, Florida, Instagram, newborn, Nurse, Social Media

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  1. New York Post

    Florida nurse fired for posting photos of newborn with birth defect on Instagram

  2. WOFR

    CBS4 Investigates: Jackson Hospital Fires Nurse For Posting Disturbing Photos, Captions Of NICU Baby On Social Media