A mix-up at a Minneapolis hospital saw a nurse handover the wrong baby to a mother of twins who then proceeded to breast feed it before realizing the problem. The baby will now have to undergo medical tests for HIV for nearly a year with the mother livid at the mix-up.
Tammy Van Dyke revealed that she was asleep when her son, Cody, was handed over to the wrong mother two days after his birth at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The mother later on realized something was wrong and informed the nurse and was helpless for 20 minutes when her son was missing before he was found in Cody's bassinet.
Cody was then tested for hepatitis B and C as well as for HIV infection and though the results came negative, Tammy was told that she will have to get Cody to undergo testing for every three months for a year. Abbot Northwestern, which is owned by Allina Health, apologized for the mix-up and said that it will be bearing all the costs for the testing.
The chief clinical officer of Allina Health, Dr Penny Wheeler, also apologized for the mistake and said that proper procedure was not followed. "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", Dr Wheeler said.