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Switched Baby Breastfed By Wrong Mom

Posted by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM
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Ok I don't think I would handle this very well at all. I cannot begin to imagine the torcher that they will go through for the next year for testing. These hospitals have procedures in place for this reason! There is no reason that this shoud have happened.


A new born baby will have to undergo a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis because he was accidentally put in the wrong bassinette by a Minnapolis hospital and then breastfed by the wrong mother.

The mix-up happened Wednesday in Abbott Northwestern Hospital when Tammy Van Dyke's little boy Cody was accidentally switched to the wrong bassinette in the nursery.

"You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they're safe," Van Dyke told ABC News today. "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 told two hours after the switch happened, just hours before she was going to take Cody home.

The infant had to undergo blood testing for HIV and hepatitis immediately following the switch.

"It was horrible," Van Dyke said. "Two nurses had to go in through veins in his tiny little arms."

Although the tests came back negative, Abbott Northwestern Hospital told Van Dyke her newborn son would have to undergo blood testing every three months for a year.

Hospital spokeswoman Gloria O'Connell said the tests were "just a precaution," but declilned to elaborate because of patient confidentiality.

Van Dyke was able to speak with the other mother, who had to wait 20 minutes before her baby, Liam, was located.

"It gave me peace of mind to talk to her," Van Dyke said. "She was just as distraught as me that this happened to her, and in the meantime, also didn't know where her baby was. She has twins."

Van Dykes, who also has a 2-year-old, said the homecoming shortly after wasn't what she thought it would be.

"I imagined getting up and getting ready and having Cody in the car with his big brother and coming home as a happy family," Van Dyke said. "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."

In an apology letter given to her, the hospital states:

"Please accept this letter with our sincerest apologies for what occurred today at the hospital, that in the nursery your newborn son was placed in the wrong bassinette and then was taken to the wrong mother and breastfed. The hospital agrees to pay for the additional testing that you had done today and will also pay for the tests recommended for your son related to this incident up to one year."

And in a press release from Abbott Northwestern, practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, Dr. Penny Wheeler, said, "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. 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."

"I will be thankful to God when this year's over and he's cleared all his health tests and we don't have to think about this again," Van Dyke said.

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doulala
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM

There are a lot of risks with birthing in this kind of setting, I have heard of worse.

:-(

DixieMommy1987
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM
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You and I just posted the same article yeah I don't think I would handle this well at all...


jennie2263
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I agree there are worse but knowing that for your babie's 1st year that every three months you have to have HIV/AIDS tests ran. That is just hard to handle on any level. I can't imagine the pain this family is going through. The other mother's baby was lost for 20 minutes too. You know that was tough too.

Quoting doulala:

There are a lot of risks with birthing in this kind of setting, I have heard of worse.

:-(


doulala
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:32 AM

             AWFUL.

Quoting jennie2263:

I agree there are worse but knowing that for your babie's 1st year that every three months you have to have HIV/AIDS tests ran. That is just hard to handle on any level. I can't imagine the pain this family is going through. The other mother's baby was lost for 20 minutes too. You know that was tough too.

Quoting doulala:
Ninjascreenname
by Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:33 AM
I don't want to give birth at a hospital, but I have no supprt to have a home birth. My husband refuses to even entertain the idea, but I am VERY against having this baby there. I just don't trust them at all, I mean they have let me go two months progressing and contracting without doing anything to stop it. :( I cannot imagine how that mom feels, and how the other mom feels- they still had not figured out where her baby is.
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mama_2_jasper
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:36 AM
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This is why I never let either of my babies out of my sight, I didn't even let any nurse hold my babies.
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jennie2263
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:37 AM

I am sorry to hear that you are having those types of problems during your pregnancy. I had all of mine in the hospital but I ALWAYS checked their bracelets when they were brought to me. Just incase a nurse didn't. I just thought I would share the story mainly because now this poor baby and his family have to go through a year of testing every 3 months. That would be so difficult for me to handle. The question of no knowing three months at a time would be horrible.

Why is your husband against the at-home birth?

Quoting Ninjascreenname:

I don't want to give birth at a hospital, but I have no supprt to have a home birth. My husband refuses to even entertain the idea, but I am VERY against having this baby there. I just don't trust them at all, I mean they have let me go two months progressing and contracting without doing anything to stop it. :( I cannot imagine how that mom feels, and how the other mom feels- they still had not figured out where her baby is.


doulala
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:38 AM


Quoting mama_2_jasper:

This is why I never let either of my babies out of my sight, I didn't even let any nurse hold my babies.

Did you weigh them yourself?    Or not do it?     J/C

Ninjascreenname
by Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM
"What if something goes wrong"


Uhm, no history of anything happening in labor/delivery but a baby coming out. I think it's because his mom said it would be considered child endangerment/neglect.


Quoting jennie2263:

I am sorry to hear that you are having those types of problems during your pregnancy. I had all of mine in the hospital but I ALWAYS checked their bracelets when they were brought to me. Just incase a nurse didn't. I just thought I would share the story mainly because now this poor baby and his family have to go through a year of testing every 3 months. That would be so difficult for me to handle. The question of no knowing three months at a time would be horrible.

Why is your husband against the at-home birth?


Quoting Ninjascreenname:

I don't want to give birth at a hospital, but I have no supprt to have a home birth. My husband refuses to even entertain the idea, but I am VERY against having this baby there. I just don't trust them at all, I mean they have let me go two months progressing and contracting without doing anything to stop it. :( I cannot imagine how that mom feels, and how the other mom feels- they still had not figured out where her baby is.



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BlueRay
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM
So the mom he fed from was HIV and Hep B positive?
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