According to recent reports, a New Jersey woman claims she was handed the wrong baby in the hospital. As a result of the mix-up, the woman claims that she spent approximately 20 minutes breastfeeding the child. In a recent news article, the 39-year-old mom added the following: "It was the middle of the night. I had just had a very serious, three-hour C-section. I was extremely sick from all the medication. I was not in my right mind, and I didn't think to check."
Shortly after the mix-up, the nurse returned to the room, took back the child and handed the mom the right baby. However, by that point, the woman was already out of milk.
Subsequently, the baby had no choice but to drink formula, meaning that she did not receive her mother's colostrum, which can aid the baby's immune system and digestion.
Making matters even worse, the woman was also subjected to several blood tests so the hospital could ensure that she did not have a disease that could have been passed along to the other child.
The lawsuit also claims that the baby suffers from allergies, rashes and acid reflux.
At this time, the lawsuit is in Hackensack state court, with the woman and her husband alleging medical malpractice. At this time, the hospital has yet to comment.
This isn't the most common type of hospital mix-up that leads to a medical malpractice lawsuit, but it goes to show that anything can happen at any time. In this case, the woman believes that the hospital was responsible for causing harm to her and her baby.
Source: New York Post, "Mom breastfeeds wrong newborn after hospital mix-up: suit," Kaja Whitehouse and Reuven Fenton, Feb. 10, 2017