Mom breastfeeds wrong baby due to hospital mix up mistake in Minnesota

By on Dec 8, 2012 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States, Weird Comments

A mom breastfeeds the wrong baby on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Apple Valley, Minnesota, after a mix up of newly born babies, which the hospital later admitted and apologized. The other mother noticed the hospital error after she saw the wrong ID band on the baby.

Tammy Van Dyke mother breastfeed wrong baby

Tammy Van Dyke and her newborn baby, after she
breastfeeds wrong baby due to hospital error

Image Credit: ABC News

According to ABC News on Friday, December 7, Tammy Van Dyke gave birth on the said hospital on Tuesday night to a baby boy named Cody, but was later given the wrong baby to breastfeed. It was only after two hours that she was informed about accidental switch of the two babies.

“You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they’re safe,” I’m holding it together. I’m just in disbelief, and it was like I was in a dream, a bad dream, and I couldn’t get it to stop.” Van Dyke was quoted telling told ABC News in an interview last Friday.

“It was horrible. Two nurses had to go in through veins in his tiny little arms.” Dyke added, whose baby was tested for HIV and hepatitis right after exchange of babies and resulted negative. She was advised that her baby Cody will still undergo blood testing every three months for a year.

“We were going to videotape the homecoming, showing his room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t put myself together, because it wasn’t what I had imagined all this time.” Dyke said further, noting that she already met the other mother who breastfed her baby and gave birth to twins.

Meanwhile, Abbott Northwestern Hospital has released an apology letter for the mixing of the two newborn babies, admitting that her baby was place in the wrong bassinette and was given to the wrong mother, noting that they will shoulder the fee for the additional testing, as well as the future testings to be made.

“As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant’s identifying name band matched correctly with the mother’s on hundreds of occasions.” Dr. Penny Wheeler, obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern, was quoted in a statement.

“It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time. We sincerely apologize to the involved families and will make certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriately followed in this case.” Dr. Wheeler added.

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