Baby at center of CPS controversy, doing well after heart surgery

3:01 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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  • Sammy Nikolayev with mother Anna Nikolayev before heart operation, May 10, 2013
  • Sammy Nikolayev after heart surgery, May 10, 2013

PALO ALTO, CA - A baby boy who was taken from his parents by Sacramento County Child Protective Services in a highly questioned removal is doing well after heart surgery.

Sammy Nikolayev underwent a procedure at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Friday morning. His mother Anna Nikolayev says if all continues to go well, the surgeon said her baby can go home a week from Friday.

Sammy was taken into CPS protective custody after his parents took him out of Sutter Memorial Hospital without going through discharge channels. Anna said she was unhappy with the care at the hospital and wanted a second medical opinion.

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Sutter Memorial contacted CPS when the baby was taken out of the hospital and defended its actions in a statement, which read, in part: "Our nurses and physicians are bound by law to call Child Protective Services if they believe a pediatric patient's health is in danger."

CPS and Sacramento police showed up at the Nikolayevs'  home the day after his parents took him out of Sutter Memorial.

The Nikolayevs went to court and a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Sammy would be moved from Sutter Memorial where he was in protective custody to the Stanford hospital for further medical evaluation.

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