Parents of sick baby speak out against Windsor, Ont., hospital’s policy limiting NICU visitors – CBC

Hospital says visitor policy is meant to protect vulnerable high-risk infants

Oct 17, 2022

Sheena Wallace-Wilson and Bruce Gagnon of Windsor, Ont., want their sick month-old daughter to be surrounded by loved ones at her bedside.

But the couple and other family of Olivia Gagnon say that’s not happening because of a policy — which they argue is too restrictive — at the Windsor hospital where she’s now being cared for following her birth in London, Ont.

Olivia’s family said they were told by Windsor Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which cares for premature and seriously ill babies, that only two essential caregivers can be with the newborn. The hospital says the rule is meant to keep all the babies in the unit protected from outside germs and illnesses.

Olivia was born Sept. 11 at London Health Sciences Centre, where any two people were able to visit the newborn, the family said. It’s something they were grateful for after learning Olivia has trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s syndrome, a severe genetic condition.

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