It can be an uncomfortable thing to trust your most precious new baby to the hands medical personnel—usually strangers—but we do it. Why? Because they are supposed to be professionals. They are supposed to care for our newborns as delicately as possible and protect them. Most nurses, doctors, and all other employees who come in contact with our newborns are just that: professional. They even fall in love with our innocent little babies. But this Facebook post about Naval Hospital Jacksonville employees abusing the babies on their watch is why many parents are scared to let their newborns out of their sight.
In the post, we see pictures of junior enlisted corpsmen at Naval Hospital Jacksonville flipping off babies and making them “dance.” The caption accompanying the vulgar gesture reads, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”
One Facebook user saw the photos shared on Snapchat and recognized a girl in them, having gone to the same high school as her. Being a decent human being, the Facebook user wanted to take action in order to find these employees and have them reprimanded for their behavior. Her post, which has been shared over 320k times, reads,
“A girl I went to high school with is a navy nurse and this is how her and her shitty friend treat the babies that have just been born. My blood is literally boiling and I want to snitch bc that is someone’s child… I’m snitching bc she should get fired from her job but idk how to go about it.”
Action News Jacksonville retrieved the video that shows the one newborn being forced to “dance” to the rap music, though the faces of both infant and offender are blurred for privacy.
The original video that was uploaded to Snapchat has now been removed and the profile of the accused corpsman has been deactivated.
The hospital heard of the incident and Jeanne Casey, their Public Affairs Officer, offered this response:
The statement was also posted on the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Facebook page.
I’m wondering three things:
1) How dumb are these people for not only making these bad choices but then to post pictures/video of it on their social media, as if they weren’t doing anything wrong?
2) These are just the things they caught on camera. What else could have happened behind the scenes?
3) How are the parents of these babies feeling?
If you were that patient’s parents, who received the call saying medical personnel had treated your newborn baby horribly, sharing their little faces all over social media with a caption like “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” how would you respond? I know I would be livid! Especially if I was the mother to the poor baby who was forced to “dance” to rap music playing in the background. It is an incredible violation of HIPAA to post pictures like this. These are newborn babies! They are at their most helpless and these corpsmen were playing with them like dolls! Not only did these employees disrespect the babies and their parents, they are disrespecting the millions of men and women in the medical field and Navy who actually do their jobs like professionals, caring for others with love and kindness. And now, parent everywhere, especially military families, are outraged and scared of what might happen if they let their newborns out of sight.
We’re all very interested to follow this story to completion, hoping the corpsmen will be dealt with swiftly according to the law.