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A woman sued a Minnesota hospital that mistakenly gave another mother her newborn


A Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit Dec. 1 against the hospital where she gave birth because her newborn was mistakenly given to another mother and breastfed. 

Tammy Van Dyke filed the lawsuit, which seeks more than $50,000 in damages, against Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis four years after the baby mix-up. 

The lawsuit claims the hospital "negligently failed to care for" the infant, according to ABC affiliate KSTP

In the lawsuit, the mother claims she, her son and the other mother involved had to go through a series of tests because of the mix-up.

"In good faith, you drop your child off at the hospital nursery with the nurses," Van Dyke told KSTP. "Never in a million years would you think this could happen or would happen."

In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 incident, the hospital issued an apology, admitting that the child was placed in the wrong bassinet. 

It also released a public statement explaining the incident and saying, "While hospital procedures require staff to match codes on the infant's and mother's identification bands in order to prevent incidents like this, it appears these procedures were not followed in this case."

Since the baby mix-up, Allina Health officials have introduced an electronic procedure to prevent another incident of this kind. 

"When the Mother Baby Center opened in February 2013, we began using electronic identification bands for the mother and infant that must be matched when returning the infant to the mother," Michelle Smith, the clinical program director of the Mother Baby Service line said. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  


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