A man is planning to take a hospital to court after he arrived to witness the birth of his baby daughter and some nurses prepared him and almost took him in for an operation instead.
Alexandru Nita of the Romanian city of Brasov arrived at the private Regina Maria Hospital in his hometown along with his expectant wife on Thursday, 23rd September.
Upon arriving, the two were made to fill in forms, after which Alexandru’s wife was taken away by a nurse and Alexandru himself was told to remain in the waiting room.
A nurse later called his name and led him to a room where he was told to take a shower and wash his hair with shampoo before putting on a hospital gown.
Alexandru said: “I told the woman that I had already taken a shower that morning, however she insisted that I could not enter the operating room without being disinfected.
“After taking a shower and putting on my hospital gown, another nurse came into the room with a portable cabinet with sterile instruments.”
The nurse then said they would take blood from Alexandru, who said: “I was a little surprised, but I attributed this requirement to the pandemic, given that on 22nd September, both my wife and I had to take a PCR test without which I would not have been allowed to attend the birth.”
Blood was taken from Alexandru’s right hand and a nurse then inserted a branula into his left hand, through which he was administered anti-vomiting medication and a sedative.
He said: “I asked why it was necessary and if they were worried that I would faint during the birth, but they said that this was the protocol for access to the operating room.”
Alexandru also revealed that the nurses asked him if he had removed his belly hair, and when he said no, they told a colleague to fetch an electric razor.
One of the nurses then asked him what operation he was in for, to which he replied that he had just come to accompany his expectant wife, who was in for a caesarean section.
According to Alexandru, the nurses laughed and then repeated the same question in a more insistent tone.
He said: “Then I realised that they were actually preparing me to be taken to the operating room in the surgery department and that they had not looked at the papers I had filled in or paid attention to the details of my wife’s birth and my attendance.
“When they realised there had been a serious misunderstanding, they asked me to change clothes, and I was taken to another waiting room on the fourth floor from where I was later taken into the operating room where my wife was worried and waiting for me.”
After Alexandru’s wife gave birth, he went to speak to the hospital management to complain about his treatment.
During the following the conversation, Alexandru was under the impression that an amicable settlement would be reached, however he was informed on Monday, 4th October, that he would not be compensated.
As a result, he resolved to sue the hospital and file criminal complaints against the nurses who had readied him to be taken in for surgery.
He said: “I intend to file a criminal complaint against the medical staff who collected my blood and inserted the branula without letting me know why.
“I also intend to sue the hospital’s management for not reporting this incident and for the moral damages caused by this experience and their attempt to cover it up, without publicly admitting the incident.”