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Baby loses part of finger in hospital incident

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - What should've been a hospital visit to treat her newborn's high fever escalated into something more as one mother tells KUAM, hospital staff couldn't figure out why part of their daughter's right pinky fell off.

It was December 4th when parents Johanna Borja and boyfriend Juleus Calimpong welcomed their second child, baby girl Amaya-Esther into the world.

Healthy, happy, and all fingers and toes accounted for, mother and child were discharged from the Guam Memorial Hospital only to return two weeks later for Amaya's high fever. That's when the nightmare began.

As Borja tells KUAM, her baby was taken to the Pediatric Ward's exam room for a considerable length of time and despite being refused to enter the exam room, Borja walked in and saw a nurse holding Amaya's finger, trying to stop the bleeding as part of the baby's right pinky was severed off.

Although no clear explanation was given from hospital staff, parents speculate that when using scissors to change the IV and gauze on the baby's right hand, they sliced off part of her finger as well.

Looking for answers, the couple has since filed a complaint with the hospital and an Injured Persons Report with the Guam Police Department.

They've also hired Attorney William Gavras looking to sue GMH for negligence, a process, the couple were advised, would take at least six months.

Borja tells KUAM they're seeking legal action to hold the hospital and its employees accountable for their actions as well as prevent future incidents.

GMH administrator Joseph Verga tells KUAM, he's aware of the incident and that an investigation is ongoing.

Verga says there is certainly accountability as they are looking for the root of the case and will take corrective action.

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