Cebu hospital in hot water anew over “severed” head of a newborn baby

MANILA, Philippines – Parents of a newborn claim their baby died under suspicious circumstances while being delivered at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on September 14.

The father, Renjie Torreon, said the child came out lifeless with its head nearly severed and alleged that the hospital staff who assisted in his wife’s delivery may have been neglectful, causing the death of the baby.

The baby is said to be premature at 26 1/2 weeks and weighing only 1.1 kilograms according to the hospital record.

But Torreon claimed there was nothing wrong with the child when his wife went for ultrasound on Saturday, a day before the delivery.

He alleged the injury may have happened during the delivery by exerting excessive pressure to pull the baby out. He also questioned why the hospital failed to inform them immediately of what happened and had to wait for 13 hours before doing so.

The father is demanding an explanation from the VSMMC management and has sought the assistance of the police in the investigation.

Baby was still born

The management of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center denied negligence as the cause of the baby’s death and insisted the case was that of a “previable fetus”, or one that is too premature to survive.

A statement from the hospital sent to the Sun Star Cebu said the baby was already dead while inside the mother’s womb and was in “footling breech” position or inverted, meaning the baby’s feet will have to come out first. It added the baby’s umbilical cord was also wrapped around its neck.

In fact, according to VSMMC spokesperson Noynoy Mongoya, the child was already dead upon arrival at the admitting section after being transferred from another clinic. He described the cause of death as IUFD (intrauterine fetal death), the same cause listed on the boy’s death certificate shown by the parents.

But Mongoya denied the child was nearly decapitated during the delivery and urged the parents to file a formal complaint so the hospital management can investigate the incident and take action against its staff if anyone is proven of negligence. (Click here to read more)

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