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Neonatal Nurse places Pre-mature baby in uniform pocket..

A senior nurse at Haifa's Bnei Zion Medical Center's neonatal unit was photographed recently with a premature baby-girl in her uniform pocket – as a humorous gesture.

The hospital's administration refused to allow the nurse or the neonatal unit's director to personally comment on the photo, opting instead to release the following statement: "The Bnei Zion Medical Center's management views this incident as severe and will take the appropriate disciplinary actions against all those involved."

The Health Ministry issued a statement calling the incident "grievous." The nurse in question is scheduled to go before a ministry review board on Monday.

Dr. Amnon Rofe, director-general of the Bnei Zion Medical Center, said that the hospital received an anonymous complaint, which was immediately investigated. The photo, he told Ynet, was taken as part of a presentation meant to be screened for parents of premature babies hospitalized in the the neonatal unit.

"It Illustrates the 'kangaroo method' which is supposed to teach parents how to create a direct physical bond with the preemies," he said. "After we realized that when people see the photo they either smile or are completely shocked, we decided to take it out of the presentation."

The nurse shown in the photo, stressed Dr. Rofe, "is a senior nurse, who's very good at her job. All she did was pose for the photo, she didn't initiate it."

Prof. Francis Mimouni, head of Pediatrics Medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, said that while completely inappropriate, the only thing the photo indicated was poor judgment: "If the baby's parents agreed, and the photo was taken under the proper medical supervision, I don't see a real problem.

"However, if it was done without the parents' consent I believe heads will roll."

Another neonatologist said that although the act is far from acceptable, the baby is clearly in no danger: "This isn’t something we do in neonatal units, but the preemie look stable. I'm sure no one would have taken her out of her incubator if it was life-threatening."

Oren Malberger, head of Lahav, the Israeli preemie association, was appalled by the photo: "This is outrageous and something must be done," he told Ynet.

"The neonatal unit at Bnei Zion is a reputable one, but this incident demonstrates, once again, the grave shortage of personnel in such units, which sometimes results in hospitals having to hire people who fail to meet the high standards required of neonatal professionals. Nevertheless, we are sure the hospital will handle the incident in the proper manner."

Ilana Cohen, head of the Israeli Nurses Union, was equally horrified: "Never, in all my years of nursing, have I seen such a thing. It's absolutely horrible. They could have used a doll."

Knesset Member Nadia Hilou (Labor-Meimad), who chairs the Knesset's Committee on Rights of the Child, said the photo represented "another low in the cruelty shown to babies and preemies. How can we work to boost fertility on one hand and once the babies arrive demonstrate such disregard for their lives?"

The incident generated massive negative publicity which put a damper on neonatologists' efforts to illustrate the dire conditions of neonatal care in Israel: According to data recently presented before the Knesset, neonatal units have just one nurse for every eight babies, while the standard calls for one nurse for every four. More than 20% of the units' physician posts are left unfulfilled.

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Comment by Renee H on April 17, 2010 at 9:02pm
She's an idiot..
Comment by kenny charles on April 13, 2010 at 3:17pm
My daughter died born only 21 weeks, she lived for 7 days is this what the nurses get up to when our backs are turned, this is outrageous
Comment by DERRICK on April 13, 2010 at 2:34pm
what is this world coming to only God know
Comment by kenny charles on April 13, 2010 at 1:40pm
I believe this is a act of incompetence, my daughter was born premature and if this nurse did this to my daughter i wouldnt be happy i hope she and the person who took the photo should be sacked, would she like it if it was her baby, babys born that premature should be in there incubator for as long as possible
Comment by Andrea Brown on April 13, 2010 at 10:50am
i hope she does not loose her job over some thing this serious but silly she is crazy
Comment by michelle charles on April 12, 2010 at 11:34pm
i think this is very outrageous the person or people who take out the picture should be fire .i take one look at this picture and i started crying i feel very sad. i have a three year old daugther and im thinking if it were my child i don't think it's a joke and not in a millon years i'll think is a joke .i think it's very unspeakable.there is so much i want to say .i just think it f***ing disturbing.she is a high class a******.
Comment by BabyBoy on April 12, 2010 at 7:02pm
DON'T LET PEOPLE TAKE PICS OF YOU....A******. If someone or you take it, the chance is it's going to end up somewhere embarrasing. Posting pics on sites, or letting people take pics that can be identified by location or faces have a way of coming back to haunt you. Take all the pics you want, just wear a mask when you do dumbass.
Comment by Di on April 12, 2010 at 6:49pm
People need to think twice about what they are doing, if it was used as a teaching tool, then they should have used a fake baby and then explain how the method would be helpful, but to use a real life baby..........
Comment by mone j on April 12, 2010 at 6:45pm
wat the careless can ppl be.its not thattt horrible...its just ridiculous
Comment by Shamir Akida on April 12, 2010 at 4:06pm
If it was an African he/she would have been termed without question,kangaroo method? Are you kidding me?

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