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A Minnesota woman’s newborn son was mistakenly given to the wrong mother

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A Minnesota woman’s newborn son was mistakenly given to the wrong mother, who breastfed the infant before doctors discovered the mixup, it has emerged.

Both mothers and the baby had to undergo blood testing for hepatitis and HIV, diseases that can be transmitted through breastfeeding, after the incident at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Tammy Van Dyke, the woman whose baby was given to a stranger, said she had left her son Cody in the nursery overnight as she attempted to get some rest – but wishes she never had.

She awoke the next morning to find two people in her hospital room to tell her that Cody had been placed in the wrong bassinet in the nursery and given to another woman to breastfeed.

Fears: Tammy Van Dyke holds her newborn son Cody, who was given to a different woman to breastfeed
Fears: Tammy Van Dyke holds her newborn son Cody, who was given to a different woman to breastfeed
‘When the woman was breastfeeding my son she felt like something was wrong,’ Tammy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. ‘And she looked at the ID band on his ankle and realised that she had the wrong child, that she had my son.’

The woman immediately hit the nurse button and summoned her back to the room to take the baby away.

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