A Christian couple filed a lawsuit against a hospital in Illinois on Monday claiming that medical staff took their newborn baby girl for 12 hours after refusing to give the child a vitamin K injection because of their religious beliefs.
Angela Bougher's daughter, now one, was born at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox on 7 February 2018 when her husband, Brian Bougher, stood by her side.
Moments after Angela gave birth to the healthy baby girl, a nurse announced it was time for the child's vitamin K shot, a shot taken by the Boughers well before their daughter was born, according to their lawsuit obtained by The Chicago Tribune.
Vitamin K intake is usually given to newborns because all babies with a low vitamin content are born. The injection helps the blood clot. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that babies & # 39; s receive the shot within one hour of birth.
Brian (left) and Angela Bougher (center), from Illinois, filed a lawsuit against the Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox on Monday and claimed that doctors took their newborn baby girl, Glori (center), now 1, after refusing to get her a vitamin K intake
Glori (right) was born on February 7, 2018 at the Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Moments after Angela was given the healthy baby girl, a nurse announced it was time for the baby's vitamin K intake, an injection that the Boughers took before their daughter was born
In the lawsuit, the Boughers claimed that the nurse had not offered them the form to refuse the vitamin K shot, and instead said they were going to report the family to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
According to Angela, the hospital staff then took her baby for almost 12 hours.
& # 39; I felt a bit like a prisoner, & # 39; Angela said to the newspaper. & # 39; It was as if they had condemned me and I had done something wrong and horrible, but I didn't know what that was, so I couldn't really solve it and nobody would really go through the problem. & # 39;
Her husband, Brian, said: "Towards the end, I felt like a father and a husband, I cannot protect my family and that we are deprived of the joy of our daughter being born."
Angela & # 39; s baby was born around 6:40 am and was not sent back to the Boughers that evening until 8:00 pm.
She claims that neither the doctors nor the nurses have offered her any explanation.
A day later, a DCFS researcher spoke to the Boughers and told them that doctors said the baby was healthy and that they considered medical neglect to be unfounded, according to the Tribune.
The Boughers said they don't have & # 39; anti-vaxxers & # 39; but they didn't think the shot was needed.
The preventive vitamin K shot has been seen as new fight points by anti-vaccine activists, who tactically scare new parents to ignore the shot – a safe injection that has saved hundreds of newborns from fatal haemorrhagic disease.
Before the birth of their daughter, the couple agreed to sign a waiver confirming that their fifth child did not receive the vitamin K shot.
In the lawsuit, the family claimed that the nurse had not offered them the form to refuse the vitamin K shot and instead said they would report it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Angela said the hospital staff then took her baby for almost 12 hours
The federal lawsuit of the Bougher was filed jointly with several other parents who had similar cases. Silver Cross Hospital (file image), the University of Chicago Medical Center and Advocate Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn are included in the lawsuit
The couple refused the shot for their baby because they believe that God's creation is not automatically defective or defective at birth, according to the Tribune.
But according to their lawsuit, doctors ridicule their religious beliefs at the time of their daughter's birth and called them & # 39; stupid & # 39; and & # 39; error & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We believe that if God made every baby with a certain amount of vitamin K, that's what they need at birth, "Angela said to the gallery, adding that & # 39; if there is any reason for vitamin K was, we had done it, Absolutely & # 39 ;.
The federal lawsuit of the Bougher was filed jointly with several other parents who accused three hospitals, different doctors, and current and former leaders of violating their constitutional rights after the birth of their children.
Like the Boughers, most parents remembered how their children were taken away from them for several hours after they had rejected the shot.
According to the Tribune, all cases were the results of a DCFS policy that parents' refusal to classify vitamin K intake of their newborns as medical neglect.
The lawsuit alleges that DCFS and medical personnel have violated state and federal law by improperly seizing or threatening newborns, Richard Dvorak, a family lawyer, told the newspaper.
Dvorak referred to the fact that the DCFS policy was withdrawn a year ago.
All families are seeking monetary compensation after they were traumatized when their babies were taken for longer.
Silver Cross Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Advocate Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn are included in the lawsuit.
A DailyMail.com request for comment at Silver Cross Hospital was not immediately returned.
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