Newborns Switched at Birth in Illinois Hospital

By: Chris Cuomo
By: Chris Cuomo

It's what every new parent dreads - their newborn baby switched at birth and sent home with the wrong family.

It happened in Illinois, with two moms each leaving the hospital with the wrong baby boy.

Two newborn baby boys were born hours apart on March 28.

But one of their first experiences in this world went wrong.

They were switched at birth, placed in the arms of the wrong mothers at an Illinois hospital.

Both mothers felt something was wrong.

Their attorney says they both cared for the children as their own, even breastfeeding the babies, but when one of the moms got home, there was a message on her answering machine to call the hospital.

"I think it's outrageous," said Attorney John Womick.

"If they aren't careful with babies, then what are they careful with?"

"We genuinely regret the circumstances surrounding the discharge of these infants, fortunately the situation was quickly identified and corrected within hours," explained Hospital Spokeswoman, Staci Bynum.

As difficult as this must be for the families, it could have been much worse.

Kimberly Mays learned at nine-years-old that she had been switched at birth, and endured a bitter custody battle that went on for years.

And it was hard for Paula Johnson, when a chance DNA test revealed that her daughter wasn't actually hers.

"To find out that she wasn't mine was just, I can't even describe how it felt, I can't even describe it," exclaimed Johnson.

In the case of the two baby boys, both moms have filed suit against the hospital.

Officials there wont say how this happened.

"I think they need to look at the system, admit what happened and correct it," said Womick.

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  • by Beth Location: Bowling Green on Apr 16, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    After I had my son, I was on heavy pain medicine, and the first day i did not know if I was coming or going, when my son was born, I seen him for a total of five seconds before they carried him out to be cleaned up, etc. The hospital should know better, this is crazy. How come the babies were not banded as soon as they came out or right afterwards? I don't blame the parents for suing the hospital. Because of this mistake, they lost precious time with their own sons. How can they get that time back?
  • by She on Apr 15, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    How do you not know your own baby? These babies hardly even look alike ... the mistake is on the parents also ... how could they in good conscience sue anyone over this...? I have given birth to 7 babies ... if I had been given the wrong baby I would surely know even if it had been my first... Today there is a total lack of responsibility everywhere you turn!!
  • by MISSE Location: BOWLING GREEN on Apr 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    I applaud those who are standing up against cruelty to animals. But, before we go making it a felony for the first offense charge, why don't we look at the laws involving domestic violence. It takes three convictions of Assault 4th in five years before one is charged with a felony.
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