State investigating Whittier hospital after baby switch

Full story: Whittier Daily News

Spokeswoman Lea Brooks confirmed the California Department of Health Services received a complaint about the hospital.
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Old RN

Topanga, CA

#21 Apr 4, 2008
I think this woman only wants money. It is a sad state of affairs!
maegan donovan nikolic

Whittier, CA

#22 Apr 4, 2008
thank you for the kind words of some but my last comment on here will be...If this happend to you I think you would be just as upset as me.
A MoTheR Too

Wildomar, CA

#23 Apr 4, 2008
Megan, I think I hear your baby crying!!!! Pay more attention to your baby and stop getting so hung up on what people are saying about your case....I understand your concerns but don't put your baby through unnecessary testing if it's really not needed. If the other mother can validate that no breastfeeding was done then that should give you a piece of mind. I would have checked the wrist band/foot band of my baby right away, mother's instict. My husband followed our babies like a hawk and made sure we had the right baby even if they still followed proper protical at the hospital. Where was your husband/boyfriend in all this? Wasn't he by your bedside to have checked himself???? I would think that he would have been there after you just had an emergency c-section to help you out.
Joanne

United States

#24 Apr 5, 2008
FYI
Breast milk is a body fluid like blood and sputem. How would you feel if your child had a blood transfusion without your consent. Many diseases are transmitted through body fluids.
suthnuh

Huntersville, NC

#25 Apr 17, 2008
Why are so many folks attacking this woman? What is there about the possibility of her baby being infected by the other woman's milk that none of you can understand? She and her baby have to live the next five years with a battery of tests and uncertainty as to the baby's health because of this. Frankly, I think medical personnel should work under military type laws, and be subject to criminal prosecution when they make unforgivable errors like this. Both babies were also denied the irreplaceable colostrum from their respective mothers' milk, which is so crucial for delveloping protection against allergies, etc. Everyone working that shift in that ward should be fired at the least.
Mother of a switched baby

United States

#26 Apr 30, 2008
I encourage the mother to focus on bonding with your child. My son was switched in 1998 at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, TN. My son was placed in the wrong bed after he was circumcised. Two days later the switch was discovered. The nurse on duty tried to cut the armband of the wrong baby and swithed it back. But my son was already gone home with the wrong mother. The sad part about it, the other mother didn't want to return my son because she told the media, her son was ugly. This story went nationwide for several months. Just thank God for your blessing and use the money for your childs education! God bless....for more info on this story go to blessedandfavored.com and click on Bridget Merriwether.....Thank God for my blessing, He saved my son!
Dee

Pico Rivera, CA

#27 Jul 8, 2008
The other mother who reported this did not breastfeed the baby, she noticed right away that it was not her baby and called the nurse. The complaining mom did not even hold the other baby in her arms and if no one would have told her then she would have never realized it happened. Money is the root of all evil and this is the way this is going.
Dee

Pico Rivera, CA

#28 Jul 8, 2008
Dee wrote:
The other mother who reported this did not breastfeed the baby, she noticed right away that it was not her baby and called the nurse. The complaining mom did not even hold the other baby in her arms and if no one would have told her then she would have never realized it happened. Money is the root of all evil and this is the way this is going.
No I do not work for the hospital but I have seen so many detail about this occurance it is no wonder many know what happened. This is not the only blog I have seen on the subject. I feel for the mom who reported the issue in the first place.
leftinthedark

Anaheim, CA

#29 Nov 10, 2012
maegan donovann nikolic wrote:
Truth well no the hospital has told no truth they lied to the public by stating a hour and twenty minutes so is that a crime shame on them where is the believe and bonding with my son yes now but on the 23rd where was my bonding it was with another child some seem to forget that when they write their comments
Hahaha this lady maegan sits and talks about the TRUTH!!!! LOL she has no idea what that is. I have experienced her lies first hand in my own life and she is very deceptive.

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