The nurse who dropped a newborn baby – resulting in the baby’s fractured and bloody skull and a neck brace – is an experienced and trustworthy nurse of 30 years, according to a July 2 updated statement by Josh Krysak, the coordinator of community relations at Uniontown Hospital in Pittsburgh.
On Tuesday morning, shortly after 6 a.m., the veteran Pennsylvania nurse of 30 years was sitting in a chair and feeding baby Eli at the birthing center at Uniontown Hospital when she became drowsy, fell asleep, and dropped the newborn.
According to baby Eli’s mother, Jacqueline Hunt, when she first got to see her newborn, he was in in a neck brace. She did not find out that something had happened to her baby until one hour after the incident. “The pediatrician came in and told us that (the nurse) was feeding him and burping him, and she was drowsy and fell asleep and dropped him,” Eli’s mom told WPXI reporter Damany Lewis.
According to the hospital, newborn baby Eli was immediately checked out and a battery of tests were run on the newborn after the nurse had dropped him. Even though no injuries were initially discovered, the newborn was transferred to UPMC Children’s Hospital as a precaution, says the hospital and released a statement on Tuesday:
“At Uniontown Hospital, we are committed to making a healthy difference in every life we touch and when such an unfortunate incident occurs, we take it very seriously and personally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child and the family. We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation. We are thankful that it appears that this incident did not result in significant injury and we will continue to work to ensure that we do all we can to prevent such incidents from occurring.”
On Wednesday, Uniontown Hospital, released another statement:
“We are also supporting the nurse involved in the incident, recognizing her dedication to her job and the anguish she is suffering. Her official status remains under review as we continue to gather information regarding what occurred.”
Despite the hospital’s claim that Eli had not sustained any “visible injuries” from his Tuesday early morning fall, Eli’s family told reporter Lewis that not only was her baby wearing a neck brace when she first got to see him, but he also had a skull fracture and “lining of blood is on the right side of his skull.”
After the veteran nurse dropped the newborn baby, Eli’s family contacted Uniontown police who responded and are investigating the incident. As of Wednesday, Eli was able to be without his neck brace, but the fact that he is not eating normally is of concern. “He will be unable to go home until he eats better,” says his mom and added the following: “It’s just heartbreaking. I mean, if it was an accident, you can admit and tell us it was an accident. There’s no need to lie.”