16 March 2005
7NEWS reported on Mar 16, 2005 that a Thornton woman was suing the hospital where she had her daughter half a year ago.
The mother, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome after the incident, claimed the nurses at North Suburban Medical Center had brought her the wrong baby to breastfeed.
The new mother said she was trying for 10 minutes to nurse the child, who wouldn’t latch on, when she realised the baby wasn’t hers.
“When the back of the cap was raised up, I could see there was brown hair, and I panicked and took the whole cap off,” she was quoted as saying. Her daughter was born with light blonde hair.
“I immediately freaked out and screamed, ‘This is not my baby,’” she said. “Then they checked the bracelets and the nurse started to cry and said, ‘Oh my God, I can't believe we did this, I'm so sorry.’”
Both set of parents were said to be suing the hospital for negligence and asking for unspecified damages.
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