Anna and Alex Nikolayev took their five month old to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento because he had flu-like symptoms. They were especially worried because young Sammy has a heart murmur. The doctors of Sutter, without informing the parents of the course of treatment, had a nurse give him medicine. When asked what it was, she said she didn’t know. “They later found out that medicine was antibiotics, which Anna claims the doctor told her Sammy shouldn’t have received.”
This, for any parent, should be a warning sign. Any hospital run so shoddily that they would administer meds without knowing what they were (did you not read the chart — that’s what it’s there for…) is not an establishment that should give you confidence in your treatment. Not content to leave the parents in the dark, the doctors decided to hit that sweet insurance money by pushing them to do heart surgery on an infant. The parents did what any sensible parent should — get a second opinion. “If we got the one mistake after another, I don’t want to have my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don’t feel safe,” Mrs. Nikolayev explained.
Perfectly reasonable, and also perfect within her right as a parent.
The Sutter doctors browbeat her to have the surgery and not consult another doctor. (This, by the way, is a real warning sign you are being fleeced by your doctor. If the procedure is necessary, you will get the same diagnosis from another provider.) Now, here’s where she made her mistake — Anna took Sammy from Sutter without a proper discharge, and I suspect this is where this case is going to play out.
What did this danger to her baby do? Took him to Kaiser Permanente Hospital for a second opinion, where upon the doctor they saw stated the baby was in no immediate danger and approved a return to home. While at Kaiser, the police arrived. “They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms…” but with the doctor’s opinion logged, they released the mother and child.
That should have been the end of the story. The next day, Sacramento’s Child Protective Services showed up with police to take Sammy without a warrant claiming “extreme neglect.” Mrs. Nikolayev was smart enough to set up a web camera and catch the action, with one of the officers stating, “I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me okay?”
The father is a Russian expatriate who finds the government’s actions worthy of a “communist regime.” It’s worse than that — it is the mark of any statist regime to target the family, which Marx recognized as the most subversive force the state could face.
So what is the proper response to this kind of violation of your rights? Sure, they can take CPS and Sutter Memorial to court, and they should. But as the state grabs more and more power from the People, can you expect a fair hearing or justice to be done? And while you are waiting for justice, what is happening to your child while it’s in the system? If you cannot expect justice, then what is your responsibility to the child? Do you let a bunch of booted, armed thugs take them (remember, guns are dangerous for children, and all these cops had guns)…or do you resist?
Video at the link.