BOYNTON BEACH, Fla, (CBS Tampa) – A father claims he was forced to deliver his own daughter without help after doctors and nurses left the couple alone in their hospital room, but the hospital denies the accusation.
The father, Zaheer Ali, and his wife, Indira Ali, went to Bethesda Hospital East on Saturday evening after she began to experience contractions, the Palm Beach Post is reporting. Their obstetrician, Dr. Elana Deutsch, agreed to meet them at the predetermined location.
Upon their arrival, however, things began to go wrong.
After Indira Ali was given Pitocin to move the birthing process along, the mother-to-be requested an epidural – and reportedly never received one.
Then, as her contractions increased in frequency, another mother set to give birth in the hospital went into distress. The other, unnamed mother reportedly needed an emergency Caesarian-section, which called Deutsch away from the Alis, the paper learned.
Indira Ali’s contractions were not slowing, however, and it was at that moment the remaining nurse left the couple alone.
“My wife was screaming,” Zaheer Ali said to the Post. “The nurse says, ‘You have to wait.’”
Though he pressed the call button repeatedly, he was still by himself when the time came to deliver their daughter, Aaliyah, so he did so by himself. She was born just after midnight on Sunday.
When Deutsch finally returned to the room, she was greeted with a surprising scene.
“The nurse left the room and went two doors down. She called me, but by the time she was back in the room, the baby was in the bed,” Deutsch was quoted as saying.“It must have happened very rapidly, because I was only in the C-section for 30 minutes.”
Deutsch continued: “The patient was obviously very upset. I was very upset. I think it was a new nurse, and I think she was nervous about being in the room alone.”
Hospital officials apologized to the family, and upgraded their accommodations free of charge. Zaheer Ali continues to have concerns, however.
“The hospital is saying, ‘Sorry,’ but I just feel it’s wrong,” he said. “It’s a hospital. There are supposed to be nurses and midwives. A nurse should be there with you.”
Lisa Kronhaus, the hospital’s spokeswoman, disputed the claim, saying the baby was actually delivered by a nurse.
“There was a 1-to-1 ratio that night. The nurse did leave the room to tell the doctor she was ready to deliver. Mom made a noise. The nurse sitting outside of her room went in, checked her, and saw the baby started to crown, and nurse delivered the baby,” Kronhaus told the Post. “It’s in the medical chart. It’s legally documented.”
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