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Nurse Mistakenly Gives Baby to the Wrong Mom to Breastfeed

Photograph by WJXT News 4 JAX

Hours after giving birth at the Orange Park Medical Center in Florida last week, Joii Brown said that one of the nurses "mistakenly" took her infant son, Roman, into the wrong room—to the wrong mother—for breastfeeding, according WJXT News 4 JAX.

Why? According to one nurse, it was all just a "misunderstanding."

Brown said she became suspicious after waiting nearly an hour and a half for her son to return from circumcision, a routine procedure that typically takes less than half an hour.

When the nurses finally showed up with her son, Brown claimed they told her that they had forgotten to check his wristband to confirm his identity before allowing another woman to breastfeed—blaming the entire mixup on a human mistake.

When the nurses finally showed up with her son, Brown claimed they told her that they had forgotten to check his wristband to confirm his identity.

"I know everybody makes mistakes, but this is something I feel like is more than just a mistake because, just looking at a wristband, that’s something really minor," Brown added. "All you had to do was look at the wristband and see that isn’t her child."

Although the hospital performed numerous tests to make sure Roman had not caught any type of illness from the breast milk, they told Brown there was no way of knowing for sure until he was a little bit older and they could run some more tests. She was also advised that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevented them from sharing any information as to whether the woman who breastfed her son was on any type of medications.

Brown told reporters that her son seems to been doing fine, but it hasn’t stopped her from worrying about the future of his health.

"My main concern is that it could have been something other than breast milk," she said. "And that (it) could happen to anybody’s child."

In a statement to News 4 JAX, the Orange Park Medical Center said they will “do everything we can to follow the family’s wishes and support the family.”

In the meantime, Brown and her family will be doing what they need to do—meeting with a lawyer.

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