A group of Saudi nurses filmed themselves squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.
After the footage emerged online on social media, the baby’s parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses.
The bizarre video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant’s face as her colleagues giggle.
Shocking: The video shows a nurse at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia grabbing a baby by the neck and forehead
After the video went viral, three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.
Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: ‘The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.’
The nurses, whose name has not been revealed, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.
Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.
Abuse: She then proceeds to squash the baby’s face in front of the camera as her colleagues can be heard giggling in the background
The baby’s father told Saudi media the baby was in the hospital for ten days for treatment for a urinary tract infection and was shocked when he saw the video being widely shared on social media.
Social media users were horrified after watching the footage. One wrote: ‘How dare they do this?
‘All three nurses should thank God I was not the baby’s mother. I’d squeeze all your faces much harder.’