APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - Tammy Van Dyke is nesting at home with her brand new son Cody, but her bliss is not what it could be after a mix-up at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Van Dyke says while she was at the hospital earlier this week nurses at Abbott Northwestern put her son in the wrong bassinet, took him to the room of another new mother and had her breastfeed him.
She spoke with the other woman, who had just given birth to twins, after finding out about the mistake. Van Dyke tells KARE 11 that the woman told her a nurse brought a blonde child into her room and things didn't feel right. The woman says she told the nurse "I don't think this is my baby," and the nurse reportedly told her it was, that she was just tired.
The mother told Van Dyke she breastfed the child, then looked at the tag around his ankle and learned it was not her baby but a child named Cody.
Both women had to undergo tests for HIV and hepatitis.
Abbott Northwestern spokesperson Gloria O'Connell confirmed the events, calling what happened "a terrible mistake." She says proper procedures were not followed and that there will be consequences.
Thursday afternoon Abbott Northwestern Hospital released an official statement on the baby mix-up. It reads:
Yesterday morning at Abbott Northwestern Hospital an infant was taken from the newborn nursery to the wrong room and was briefly breastfed by a woman who is not this infant's mother. 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.
The following statement is from Penny Wheeler, MD, a practicing obstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, which owns Abbott Northwestern:
"On behalf of Abbott Northwestern, I am very sorry this incident occurred. Providing the best possible patient experience and care quality is our foremost concern and this incident should not have occurred. As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant's identifying name band matched correctly with the mother's on hundreds of occasions. It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time. We sincerely apologize to the involved families and will make certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriately followed in this case."