How could they do this to such tiny infants?
Two Navel corpsmen have been removed from hospital duty based on their treatment of newborn babies. After a women posted the disturbing pictures and videos to Snapchat, a concerned citizen (who turned out to be one of the corpsmen’s old high school classmates) posted the snaps to Facebook to expose their behavior. The mothers of these children are now fearful of what may have happened to their babies.
It should be noted that Navy hospital corpsmen are not registered nurses; they are sailors who are trained medical workers.
The image in question shows one woman, identified as Allyson Thompson, giving the middle finger to a newborn with the caption, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.” The video shows her holding an infant under the arms and making it dance to the 50 Cent song “In Da Club.” The person filming, identified as Joanie Barrett, said, “We’re going to hell,” as she laughed about what was going on.
The classmate who shared the images on Facebook wrote:
“A girl I went to high school with is a navy nurse and this is how her and her s**tty friend treat the babies that have just been born. My blood is literally boiling and I want to snitch because that is someone’s child. The first pic is her friend who is making the baby dance and she’s playing rap music in the background. I’m LIVID and I’m snitching because she should get fired from her job but [I don’t know] how to go about it. P**sed isn’t even the words.”
Other people who saw and shared these scenes were extremely concerned for the welfare of the babies, who were only hours old. They reached out to Navy Hospital Jacksonville to enlighten the staff about what was going on in their own nursery.
The hospital reacted with a statement that said in part, “We are aware of the inappropriate video and photos and can confirm they are hospital corpsmen, not nurses, but we are unable to confirm their names or tenure in light of the ongoing investigation.
“The individuals have been removed from patient care, meaning they will not be providing direct patient care. We are also contacting patients to address any questions or concerns they may have.”
They also claimed that they don’t condone this type of maltreatment.
“This type of behavior is incompatible with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, as well as medical ethics. It also does not reflect the commitment Navy Medicine has to provide the best care our nation can offer to those who serve as well as their families. An investigation is underway. Once the investigation is complete, appropriate actions will be taken.”
The two corpsmen are still under investigation for their part in the act and haven’t issued statements on what happened. The Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison has since banned employees from having cell phones while they’re working.
“As health care professionals, we are entrusted with the lives and well-being of all those who have volunteered to defend our freedom, including their families,” he said in a statement. “We owe them the best care and compassion our nation can offer. We also owe them our unqualified respect. I applaud the individuals who took a stand when they witnessed this inappropriate behavior online.”
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