Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy Carter this weekend, but the birth has landed Lenox Hill Hospital in the middle of a controversy.
One new parent at the hospital is furious, claiming Blue Ivy’s arrival kept them from spending time with their own newborns in intensive care.
Neil Nash-Coulon of Bedford-Stuyvesant says hospital security kept putting the hallway on lockdown to accommodate Beyonce’s visitors.
“People don’t need to be treated like this when dealing with sick children,” Coulon said.
Coulon says Lenox Hill Hospital kept his family out of the waiting area.
“They should have been more strategic with where they put her,” Coulon said. “You can’t cordon off the [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit]. These are small newborns who need care, and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it?”
The hospital says because of privacy issues, they can not confirm that Beyonce gave birth there on Saturday. Reports indicate the singer and husband Jay-Z paid the hospital around $1.3 million for an entire floor.
Coulon says his family and other patients affected deserve an apology.
“We shouldn’t have to deal with drama because they’re superstars… It isn’t fair,” he said.
Lenox Hill hospital tells CBS 2 putting a hallway on lockdown for a patient is not uncommon and is usually done for safety reasons. The hospital says it does not rent out floors, but it wasn’t ready to comment on specific measures taken this past weekend.
Source: CBS New York.