Two Sacramento mothers are preparing to file suit against Sutter Memorial Hospital after they say poor hygiene practices gave their premature babies MRSA.
They claim shoddy hand washing practices of Sutter doctors and nurses spread the bacteria from one baby to another.
âThis is supposed to be where my daughter is safe. This is a hospital. This is a baby hospital. There is nothing she can do protect herself. They are supposed to protect her from this,â said LaShanda Bey, mother of baby Akira.
Twenty-three babies inside the neo natal intensive care unit at Sutter Memorial have been diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics.
None of the babies have suffered any serious side effects from the MRSA so far, but Beyâs daughter is in dire straits.
âShe has two holes in her heart and I was told it was a possibility that she may need surgery, because of the MRSA, the antibiotics that they will have to give her will be completely different and they may not take effect,â said Bey.
Stacy Heard, mom of baby Tristan, says the video of her sonâs birth clearly shows the poor hygiene practices.
âYou guys can see him opening the door with gloves on and not changing his gloves, maybe they should've had someone there to open the door and then touching all over my baby. It's gross to me,â Heard told FOX40.
Both premies are still in the NICU at Sutter.
Bey and Heardâs attorney, Moseley Collins, says this incident should stand as a warning to parents, âYou have to watch nurses and doctors and make sure they wash their hands before they touch your children.â