It’s what every parent stresses out about when lettering nurses take their newborn baby away from them. You’d think with all the technology developed to keep our babies safe in the hospitals, a baby mix-up would be virtually impossible at this point. And yet it happened Wednesday in Minneapolis.
As GMA reports on Yahoo, Tammy Van Dyke’s little boy Cody was accidentally put in the wrong bassinnet at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and then breastfed by the wrong mother.
VanDyke couldn’t believe it when she was told the news two hours after the switch happened. She tells ABC News Today, “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.”
Now the newborn has to undergo a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis. Every three months the little boy will have to go into the hospital and have his blood drawn.
Hospital spokeswoman Gloria O’Connell said the tests were “just a precaution,” but declilned to elaborate because of patient confidentiality.
Van Dyke got to talk to the other mother, which gave her some peace of mind. “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.”
The hospital issued an apology letter that read in part:
“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.”
Ya think? They ought to consider paying for her entire medical bill. Or am I overreacting?
Van Dyke says the whole experience of birthing her son has been tainted. Even his homecoming was filled with tears and they weren’t happy ones. “I imagined getting up and getting ready and having Cody in the car with his big brother and coming home as a happy family,” she tells ABC. “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.”
What do you think? Is this a completely traumatic event or not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things? How would you react if this happened to you?
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