There is nothing I hate more than seeing children suffer. Especially small helpless infants. I can't say I'm extremely surprised but I was shocked to see pictures and clips of tiny babies being gagged in a Russian hospital. Why? Because the staff was tired of their screaming. Fucking people.
I don't have much respect for the Russians. The country is in terrible shape. The overall living standard is a complete joke and Russia can boast of an infrastructure that makes the smallest village in Latin America seem high tech and modern. Crime and corruption is off the charts. And the country doesn't exactly top the list in areas such as democracy, freedom of speech, taking care of the environment, and being an overall responsible nation The story about babies mouths being taped up is making headlines here in Sweden and also in UK and U.S where a video clip is available (warning for graphic scenes)
The short story is that a mother was in the hospital with her two small children and heard muffled cries in another room. She was shocked to find children with their mouths taped up to stop the crying. The patient had to almost force the nurses to remove the tape but the staff continued their horrible treatment later.
“I heard that a baby was mumbling in a neighboring room; when I looked in, I saw the baby with plaster over his mouth; he could not cry or do anything, was just mumbling,”
The excuse of the hospital is that they were understaffed with too much work. Call me crazy but doesn't working in a children's hospital mean taking care of babies instead of abusing them? Even if they are **gasp** crying? A criminal investigation has shown that this was more or less standard treatment. It's bad enough not to have respect for basic human rights but treating babies like shit is a bit over the top in my opinion. After having kids I'm especially sensitive to parents and/or staff treating them badly. And since I'm occasionally mildly claustrophobic I can barely handle the thought of being gagged for no reason.
I know salaries and education is at a rock bottom in Russia but can't people even manage to treat babies in a relatively humane manner? I don't like crying babies, especially before I had children myself, but shutting up a baby by taping up her mouth is something I couldn't even imagine in my wildest fantasy.
Update: Now even Drudge Report is running the story
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