Newborn Boy Mistaken for a Girl by Brit Docs

by Kathy Jones on  August 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
Doctors mistakenly told a British couple that they had a newborn girl, who were shocked to find that 'she' was actually a boy five weeks later.
 Newborn Boy Mistaken for a Girl by Brit Docs
Newborn Boy Mistaken for a Girl by Brit Docs

Mum Claire Robson was called in by an apologetic consultant after more than a month buying pink clothes for her baby - who had been officially named Olivia.

She was shocked to be told her under-developed 1lb 10oz daughter - still in an incubator after being born 11 weeks prematurely - was a son.

Claire, 21, cuddled her baby - now renamed Dylan - she said: "I just burst into tears. It's taken a bit of getting used to.

"But I love Dylan just as much. He's the same baby," the Sun quoted Claire as saying.

Claire, of Brandon, Durham, said: "They were as staggered as we were."

She told how even when she had a scan before the birth, medics told her she was having a girl.

Six days later she underwent an emergency Caesarean delivery at Sunderland Royal Hospital amid fears for the baby.

As the child was born, the new mum asked: "Is it a girl?" Claire said: "The doctor replied, 'Yes'. From that point onwards everyone kept calling the baby a she. Because Dylan was born so early he wasn't fully developed - that's why no one could tell.

"As he got a few weeks older it became apparent. The consultant called us in, told us to sit down and said, 'Your baby's actually a boy, not a girl'. We were stunned."

She joked: "It must be the earliest sex change in history."

The mistake was compounded by the baby suffering from a genital abnormality called hypospadias. Dylan will need ops on his manhood to correct it - but his parents have been assured all will be fine.

They now have a new birth certificate naming Dylan.

Dad Andrew, a baker, said of suddenly having a son: "I'm thinking towards the day I can buy him a Scalextric."

Last night urology expert Dr Geoff Hackett confirmed: "The genitals develop later during pregnancy. When a baby is as small as this one and born so prematurely, it makes it more difficult to be certain."

Source: ANI

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