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Imagine that you are giving birth at a hospital and bodyguards tell your husband that he cannot access you and your new baby because of a "special event." When you find out that Beyonce and Jay-Z blocked off access to the hospital to protect the security of their own new bundle of joy, how would you feel?
Unfortunately, this scenario actually took place on January 8, 2012, where several people were blocked by the couple's security team while Beyonce was stationed in the special suite in New York City's Lenox Hospital that night. The New York Times spells out some of problems that have gone unnoticed in the press in light of Beyonce's birth:
The couple were visiting their twin daughters in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan on Friday night, as they have done daily since the babies’ premature birth on Dec. 28. But when they tried to leave the sixth-floor unit to go home to Brooklyn at about 11 p.m., the new mother, Rozz Nash-Coulon, recalled, a burly security guard suddenly blocked their way.
“We were told we could walk no further,” Ms. Nash-Coulon said Monday. And when she and her husband, Neil, demanded an explanation, she added, the guard claimed, unconvincingly, “ ‘Well, they’re handling hazardous materials,’ ” even as a large group of people screened from view were passing through the main hallway he had declared off-limits.
Here's another frustrating situation caused by the security detail that night:
At one point, another father, Edgar Ramirez, 25, said, security guards kept him out of the neonatal unit for three hours while his wife and newborn were waiting for him. At another point on Saturday, a guard declared that “the floor is on lockdown,” Ms. Nash-Coulon said, and told her that if she left the neonatal unit, she would not be allowed back in to see her babies.
“It was just really disgusting,” said Ms. Nash-Coulon, 38, who is still recovering from her C-section, while one of her twins remains in the hospital. “We really believe the hospital is culpable in this because they didn’t let us know what was happening. And the security of our children is at risk when you cover security cameras.'"
Anna Silverman, a spokeswoman for Lenox Hill Hospital, denies that any formal complaint was filed with the hospital re: security. She also stated that the hospital was "in control of the security detail and we remain in control of it," and that "the security plan was designed not to limit access to patient care areas.”
If anything, the people who were denied equal access to the hospital during that time may very well choose to sue the hospital. Or the problems may continue to go under the radar in comparison to Beyonce's new bundle of joy. People are already outraged by the Lenox Hill security problem news. For example, a person commented on Huffington Post, stating:
Get real! What makes one think it is okay to block off an entire floor in a HOSPITAL. This is a place where sick and injured people go,not the Ritz Carlton. The icing on the cake was the fact that families were not allowed to see their loved ones; they were being stopped by their bodyguards. One story particularly disheartening was the one about the father not allowed to see his premature newborn twins in ICU. Their bodyguards wouldn't let him through.
Celebrities need to get over themselves. They should have never wished for the fame they possess if they cannot take the lack of privacy that comes with it. Beyonce's and Jay-Z's actions were abhorrent but I am even more appalled that a hospital would allow such behavior as well as allowing themselves to be "bought". While I was happy for them and their new baby, my heart broke for the couple not able to get to their newborns in ICU. There are other things more important and urgent than their baby.
What do you think? Should they have simply set up shop in a more private setting for Beyonce to deliver the baby without interfering with everybody else? Or do you believe they were justified in delivering the baby at Lenox?