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For many patients, getting a second medical opinion is a common and often
recommended endeavor; it helps people to get the most accurate diagnosis
But for one couple, the decision to get a second opinion for their baby
boy's illness ultimately resulted in police forcibly removing the infant from
home, RT.com reported.
Anna and Alex Nikolayev, a young Russian couple living in Sacramento,
took their 5-month-old son Sammy to Sutter
when he started to exhibit flu-like symptoms. The Nikolayevs had been taking
Sammy to Sutter Memorial since his birth, when had been diagnosed with a heart
According to Fox News.com, when they arrived at the hospital, Sammy was taken to the Intensive Care
Unit. But soon, the couple became concerned about their son's treatment, after
Anna witnessed a nurse giving Sammy antibiotics – something a doctor had not
instructed her to do.
"I asked her, ‘For what is that?' And she's like ‘I don't know.' And then I
said ‘You're working as a nurse, and you don't know what you're giving my
baby?'" Anna Nikolayev told News 10, a Sacramento ABC affiliate.
A doctor confirmed to the worried mother that her child should not have been
given antibiotics; however, doctors told Anna they wanted to perform open heart
surgery on Sammy as soon as possible. At that point, Anna thought she may need
a second opinion for her son – a decision her doctors were adamantly against.
"If [they made] one mistake after another, I don't want to let my baby have
surgery in the hospital where I don't feel safe," Anna told News 10.
The couple took Sammy out of the hospital without a proper discharge and
rushed him to rival hospital Kaiser
Center in Sacremento.
While the Nikolayevs were at Kaiser, police arrived, presumably called by
doctors at Sutter Memorial. Anna was forced to show the police a note
from a Kaiser doctor, which read: "I do not have concern for the safety of the
child at home with his parents."
"[The police] saw the baby was fine," Anna told News 10. "They told us that
Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought this baby was dying
in our arms. So police saw the report from doctors and said, ‘Okay, you guys
have a good day,' then walked away."
But just one day after taking Sammy home, the Nikolayevs received another
visit from police, along with representatives from Child Protective Services
(CPS). Without a warrant, police let themselves inside the Nikolayevs' home,
grabbed Sammy from Anna's arms and walked out. A camera that Anna set up in the
living room recorded the entire event.
When asked for comment, Sutter Memorial did not make any statements and
referred to CPS and law enforcement. CPS said it cannot comment on the case due
to privacy laws, but a representative for CPS said, "We conduct a risk
assessment of the child's safety and rely heavily on the direction of health
Meanwhile, Sammy remains in protective custody at Sutter Memorial
Hospital, and his parents
were able to visit him for an hour last Thursday. A court hearing for the case
is scheduled for Monday, April 29.
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