Central Vietnam hospital hands babies to wrong mothers

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A major hospital in a central Vietnamese town accidentally switched two babies after birth and it took a vigilant mother to discover the mistake.

The Quang Ngai [town] General Hospital initially tried to persuade Tran Thi Hong Cam, 22, who said she had mistakenly been given a boy, that her earlier tests could have been erroneous.

On Wednesday Cam accepted the nurse's contention there had been some error in her test result which said she would have a girl child, and took the boy she gave her.

But at the time of her discharge on Thursday, when the front desk gave her the birth certificate, it said she had had a girl child.

Her family rushed to look for the right baby. Twenty minutes later her mother Vo Thi Thuan found the child with Dinh Thi Hoai after recognising the clothes she had brought for her granddaughter.

Hoai had delivered almost at the same time as Cam.

Cam and her family then urged the hospital to do blood and DNA tests, which finally resolved all doubts.

Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Dr. Huynh Ngoc Thanh, head of the hospital's Obstetrics Department, as saying the switch must have occurred when a nurse brought the babies from the nursery to their mothers.

Newswire Vnexpress quoted Hoai as saying that since her family was poor she had not done tests during her pregnancy, and so had no idea about her baby's gender. After her delivery she had been too tired to notice the sex of the baby, she said.

Nguyen Tan Hung, director of the hospital, told VnExpress the hospital was considering punishing the nurse who made the mistake.

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