Newborn's parents file judicial protest against Mater Dei Hospital
Baby discharged from hospital this morning
UPDATED _ The parents of a newborn have fled a judicial protest against Mater Dei Hospital complaining about the treatment they are getting by the hospital staff,
David Ellul and Marissa Bose said their baby was born on November 8.
The father, David Ellul was being hindered from seeing the daughter, like all fathers had a right to do, and a policeman was always present whenever he went to hospital.
The incident, they said, developed when Mr Ellul, who is a vegetarian, was peeling some fruit using a penknife - which was not illegal. The penknife was confiscated by the police.
Subsequently, every time he approached the hospital bed, he was searched by the police, something, which, the couple said, was not permissible unless the police had reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed or was being committed.
The couple complained that their baby had been admitted to the ITU for reasons which were not disclosed to them. It had been claimed that the baby had an infection, but this was not the case. The couple said they wanted to see their daughter discharged.
Furthermore, Mr Ellul said he had informed the hospital that he had incompatibility with Augmentin treatment, yet it had resulted that the baby was still given a dose or does of that medicine.
The couple protested that Ms Bose had been asked by hospital staff whether Mr Ellul was aggressive and had mistreated her, whether he was an alcoholic and whether a social worker was needed.
They denied such allegations, but said that the treatment they had been receiving was of concern.
They said that when they sought information from the hospital authorities, they were told that the hospital was acting on the basis of a court order, an order about which they were never informed about before or after it was issued.
They said that the mother was, suddenly, told that she could go home but she could not take the baby with her. She insisted that she had a right to breast feed the baby and she was therefore in the hospital waiting room so that she could breastfeed.
The parents said they had a right to be given information on the condition of their baby and what was being suspected.
They therefore called on the hospital authorities to stop illegal behaviour, to treat them with respect and to give them the information they were entitled to as parents.
BABY DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL
Meanwhile, hospital sources said today that the baby girl was discharged from hospital this morning.
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