MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Jackson Health System employee is on administrative leave following disturbing social media posts that appear to poke fun at a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Out of respect for the baby and her family, CBS4 has decided not to share the footage in its entirety. Instead, the photos have been cropped to show only the captions:
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The first read, “My night was going well so boom!”
The other read: “Your bowels have posed (sic) to be inside and not outside baby” and is followed by “#gastroschisis”.
Gastroschisis is a birth defect in the womb where the baby’s intestines are exposed.
The posts were made to accounts owned by Sierra Samuels, a nurse at JMH.
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On her Facebook, she saw her smile in her hospital uniform.
A statement from a Jackson Health System representative said, in part, “Employees who violate these privacy rules, despite their education, are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or termination.” As soon as we learned of this potential violation, we immediately placed this employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Miami litigation attorney David Weinstein said there is a certain expectation of privacy if you are in a private space, especially in a hospital.
“In addition to the general violation of HIPPA that we would be examining here, there is a sense of decency regarding the rights and expectations we all have in our likenesses and images,” Weinstein said.
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Jackson Health also told CBS4 News the parent was made aware of the violation.