Babies given to wrong mothers at Vietnam hospital

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Health authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai have ordered the leaders of a local hospital to review the case in which two newborns were given to the wrong mothers.

Dr. Huynh Minh Hoan, director of the Dong Nai Department of Health, told Thanh Nien on Monday that the leaders of Long Khanh General Hospital were also asked to punish those involved.

The incident happened at the beginning of this year when the hospital midwives "mistakenly" swapped the babies one boy and one girl and gave them to wrong women, who had both given birth via C-section.

The mistake was not detected until nearly three months later, when the two families, both suspecting the babies were not theirs, arranged DNA tests.

Following the discovery, the families traded babies. Representatives from Long Khanh Hospital met with them to apologize on March 23.

Dr. Su Son, director of the hospital, said the midwives made the "unfortunate mistake" because they worked under high pressure with many other "complicated" C-sections that day. 

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