Three Saudi nurses have been fired after a video of them squeezing a baby’s face for fun went viral.
The parents only became aware of what had happened when the distressing footage emerged online after it was shared on social media.
The video shows a nurse holding the baby’s head and neck before squashing its face as her colleagues giggle.
The incident happened at Taif Children’s Hospital in the Mecca Province of southwest Saudi Arabia where the newborn was being treated for an infection.
RT reports: The Ministry of Health and Taif Children’s Hospital confirmed on their Twitter accounts that the nurses in question were fired and had their professional licenses revoked.
The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place,” said Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, as cited by the Saudi Gazette.
The female nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended by the Director of Taif Health Affairs, Saleh Al-Muanis. As well as losing their licenses, they are banned from practising nursing in other health sectors.
The video shows a nurse holding the baby by the neck and forehead, squashing its face as her colleagues look on laughing.
The infant’s father told local media that he was shocked to see his baby being abused in a video that was circulated on social media. The baby had been hospitalized for 10 days due to a urinary tract infection.
The viral footage sparked a huge reaction online, as did the punishment of the nurses. Some argued the decision to remove the nurse’s health license was an exaggerated reaction while others claimed it was too light for “the assault” of an infant.
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