Sheer panic rushed over new mom Jessica Escobedo when she realized that the newborn baby that an Oakbend Medical Center nurse brought to her hospital room during feeding time was not the baby that she gave birth to the day before. Her fears were confirmed when she checked the baby’s name band and realized that it did not match her own.
“The next morning whenever they brought my baby to me for feeding time, the nurse actually brought in the wrong baby,” said Jessica told Fox 26.
Jessica’s daughter, Melanie, was eventually located in the hospital room of another mother.
“They actually took my baby to another mother and she was over there with her for like two hours. The other mother actually breast-fed her and didn’t notice that she had the wrong baby,” Jessica continued.
It was a totally surreal experience said baby Melanie’s father, Aaron Powell.
“This is something I see in the movies,” said Aaron. “I don’t think I ever thought I’d see my own child get handed to someone else and they put their nipple in her mouth.”
As to be expected, both Melanie and Aaron were outraged. Jessica’s mother, Geneva Fuentes, was also pretty upset. They have since placed pressure on the Houston hospital to take action regarding the mix-up.
“I felt that a mistake that big, that hospital should’ve told my daughter, ‘What do you want to happen at this point?’” said Geneva.
After testing the other mother who breastfed Jessica and Aaron’s baby tested for diseases, the hospital launched a full investigation into the mix-up, which led to the firing of a contract nurse, whom hospital officials say did not follow proper protocol.
“An agency nurse failed to follow protocol, which was checking both bands—one on the baby and one on the mother,” said Oakbend Medical Center staffer Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux. “There’s no question that this should not happen. Again, the bands are very specific to the babies.”
Hopsital officials say staffers in the maternity ward are also being retrained as a result of the incident.
Watch Fox 26′s full report below.