Monday, July 18, 2011

Australian hospital gives 2 mothers wrong babies


SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian hospital says staffers accidentally mixed up two newborns and gave them to the wrong mothers, who breast-fed the infants before the mistake was caught.

Stephen Roberts, CEO of St. John of God Hospital in southeastern Victoria state, says a family member of one of the mothers noticed something was wrong and alerted staff after the women had been with the wrong infants for more than eight hours Friday.

The hospital said in a statement Monday that staffers did not check the infants' identification bracelets against the ID bracelets on the mothers.

Both women have been offered counseling.


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