Mother sues over baby mix-up in Minneapolis hospital

A Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit against a health care provider after her newborn was accidentally given to another mother in a hospital and breastfeeding.

Tammy Van Dyke, of Apple Valley, recently filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County seeking more than $50,000 in damages for an incident that occurred in December 2012. The lawsuit claims that Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis failed to care for her child, who is accidentally taken to the wrong mother.

Van Dyke, her son and the other mother had to go through “unnecessary medical treatments and tests” by the mix-up, according to the lawsuit.

“In good trust of your child in the hospital of the nursery with the nurses,” Van Dijk said in an earlier interview with KSTP-TV ( “Never in a million years would you think that this could happen or that could happen.”

The hospital operator, Allina Health, said at the time that the hospital and the procedures that the employees match codes on the development of the baby and the mother, the identification of the bands, and it was found that procedures were not followed.

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Allina Health officials said Monday that they have since introduced a new electronic procedure.

“When the Mother of the Baby Center opened in February 2013, we started with the use of electronic identification bands to the mother and the baby must be matched with the return of the child to the mother,” said Michelle Smith, clinical program director of the Mother Baby Service Line. “This helps us to ensure that the identity of the child and the mother are attuned to each other.”

An excuse letter to van Dijk Of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2012 recognized the boy was in the wrong cradle.

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