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  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Updated: 2:01pm

Outrage as baby ‘gagged with tape’ at Philippine hospital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 May, 2014, 5:55pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 10:20am

A Philippine hospital has launched an investigation after photographs of a newborn baby gagged with adhesive tape went viral online, with the father claiming a nurse told him: “Your baby was too noisy.”

Pictures of the baby boy, his eyes shut and his mouth covered with clear tape as he lay on a sheet, sparked a furore as they spread on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

The Cebu Puericulture Centre and Maternity House in the central city of Cebu told reporters it was investigating a complaint by Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc that they had found their five-day-old son at its nursery with his mouth taped over.

Noval wrote that the couple complained to hospital authorities after they were told by a nurse: “Your baby was too noisy so I put that over his mouth.”

“Meet my son Yohannes Noval,” the father wrote on Facebook. “[He] cannot speak about his horrific experience... so we have to speak out for him.”

The May 9 post showed the now widely-shared photographs of baby Yohannes with a long strip of tape across his mouth and cheeks.

The pictures sparked a storm of comments among Philippine social media users.

“Hope that stupid nurse [goes] to jail who put the tape in the mouth of the baby,” wrote a Twitter user calling herself Mellany Monroy.

“They need to look into this so it does not happen again, how horrible! I don’t know how the laws are there but sue, protest!” Facebook user Nicole Vessell wrote on the father’s page.

Mar Tan, a registered nurse and an official of the health department’s health facilities and services bureau, said he was aware of the public outrage but that there has been no complaint filed with the government ministry.

“Crying is a baby’s way of coping. If he’s having problems breathing through the nose and you cover his mouth, he could suffocate,” Tan said.


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M Miyagi
The Philippines is really a disgusting uncivilised country. With all the crime, corruption, killings, kidnappings, oppression of the landless and human traffic$king now even a baby is treated as a wild animal.
we need the philippines and filipinos to remain at their current level of ignorance and stupidity. otherwise, how would we be able to continue to have our cheap maids and hookers?
i say to the pinoys, pls dont improve.....stay at your current level...keep electing your corrupt idiots into the govt. we need your cheap labour.
No words. This woman should not be allowed to touch babies anymore. Be sacked and arrested for abusing babies. If I were the father, I would punch this witch into the face and fill her mouth with my fist just to show her the experience my baby had made.
The nurse should get her license revoked. She should NOT be practising as a nurse!!!!
"stay at your current level...keep electing your corrupt idiots into the govt"
You're talking about Hong Kong, right?


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