Mothers breastfeed wrong newborns after hospital mix-up

July 19th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sydney, July 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A mix-up at a private hospital in Australia led to two mothers breastfeeding the wrong babies for eight hours. Officials at the hospital have indicated that they have commenced investigation into how the mix-up occurred. The hospital has since apologized for the incident.

The incident happened when a nurse at the hospital overlooked the name bracelets of the children. Officials at St John of God Hospital in Geelong are also investigating the possibility of the children being switched in their cots the previous night. The incident happened on Friday.

The hospital is currently carrying out tests on the mothers and the babies to ensure that no-one contracted any infection as a result of the mix-up.

CEO of St. John of God Hospital Stephen Roberts told reporters that “It is just a terrible tragedy and it’s come to a great shock to us and the families involved. Our protocols and processes broke down and we’re deeply apologetic and regretful for the pain and concern that we’ve caused these families.”

The mix-up could have a lasting psychological effect on the mothers and the babies involved, experts warn. The problem was never realized until family members raised concern when they saw the tags on the babies.

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