Mother Breast-Feeds Wrong Baby After Hospital Mix-up

By KBJR News 1

Mother Breast-Feeds Wrong Baby After Hospital Mix-up

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Officials at a Minnesota hospital say they are trying to figure out what happened after a new mother was mistakenly given the wrong baby to breast-feed.

Tammy Van Dyke says she was irate after her newborn son Cody was taken to the wrong mother at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis to be breast-fed.

According to Van Dyke, the mother who had just given birth to twins began to breast-feed the infant and told a nurse that she believed the child was not her son. After checking the ID bracelet, her worst fears were confirmed.

"I was just hysterical," says Van Dyke. "I called my mother to come to the hospital because I couldn't process what was happening. I still can't process, what happened and then they tested the mother for HIV and Hepatitis. They tested me. They tested Cody. Everybody's negative so that's the good news."

Thursday afternoon Abbott Northwestern Hospital released an official statement on the baby mix-up. It reads:

"Yesterday morning at Abbott Northwestern Hospital an infant was taken from the newborn nursery to the wrong room and was briefly breastfed by a woman who is not this infant's mother. While hospital procedures require staff to match codes on the infant's and mother's identification bands in order to prevent incidents like this, it appears these procedures were not followed in this case.

The following statement is from Penny Wheeler, MD, a practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, which owns Abbott Northwestern:

"On behalf of Abbott Northwestern, I am very sorry this incident occurred. Providing the best possible patient experience and care quality is our foremost concern and this incident should not have occurred. 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."

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