Recently a couple in California pulled their baby from Sutter Memorial Hospital for a second opinion without properly discharging him. The parents weren’t comfortable with the care their baby was receiving, and apparently Sutter Memorial was telling them that surgery needed to be performed right away. They then took the baby to Kaiser Parmanente where records showed a doctor gave the baby an all-clear to go home. Unbeknownst to the parents, the first hospital had reported them to the police, who later came to the couple’s home, removed the baby and placed him in child protective custody. Watch it for yourself, and I apologize for the ads.
I’m a little on the fence, but it seems to me that simply checking with the second hospital to verify the baby’s condition would have been more than sufficient to ensure his safety. I think this is a clear case of law enforcement seriously overstepping their bounds, and it seems that Sutter Memorial may have been more interested in making money than actually ensuring the health of the patient.
This is what lawsuits are for, and the hospital should be taken to task for pushing the surgery when in fact it appears the invasive procedure was not needed. Perhaps they should even be charged with criminal malfeasance and fined. I know if I was the parent involved, and a second doctor confirmed my suspicions, I would most certainly be making steps to the nearest PitBull, aka lawyer.