Couple sues hospital over alleged baby mix-up

  1. A Thornton couple is suing North Suburban Medical Center over a baby mixup.

    Donna Lisa Johnson says, the morning after she gave birth to a little girl last October 19th, a nurse brought her the wrong baby to breastfeed.

    The lawsuit, claiming medical negligence, loss of earnings, and loss of consortium, was filed in Denver District Court on Tuesday. It asks for unspecified damages....

    Full Story: http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?O...7-c589c01ca7bf
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Thanks Brian - I remember this story. I think they are making a little too much of an honest error myself. I think they are looking for a reason to sue and I honestly believe this mother needs to get on with life - she has her daughter and is not doing this child any good by constantly beating a dead horse.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    My worst nightmare as an OB nurse. Checking bands is one thing I am so anal about. I think this suit is over-doing it, but then again, not unusual in today's society. I would only like to see training put into place so this does NOT happen again. It was an HONEST mistake, one we can't afford to make.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 16, '05
  5. by   madwife2002
    Here in Uk a mother and baby are never seperated unless the baby has problems which require medical intervention or nicu. If the baby is to be taken from the side of her mother then the mother goes with the baby. This is done to prevent such things happening.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    We rarely have more than two babies at a time, usually just one. They room with the moms. Only go to the nursery for a bath or circ. I don't check bracelets . .they usually fall off and are in the isolette.

    I agree . . . suing is over the top . . .

    steph
  7. by   sunnyjohn
    I certainly understand that she is scared.....

    Sounds like she has post partum depression...

    Suing is a bit much since they immediately corrected the situation...
    Makes healthcare all the more expensive.

    Agape
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we never separate mom/baby either unless tests are being done that mom and dad do NOT want to witness or watch. But sometimes, they can and are separated. Regardless if this is the ONLY baby out or not, I match BANDS EVERY TIME I return babies. And we MUST match the bands before mom/baby leave. This is the only way to ensure no mixups.
  9. by   RN4NICU
    This woman seemed to be a little beyond scared. She seemed mentally unstable. In reality, though, I think she is just putting on a big act to try to get money from the hospital. Either way, she needs to get over it and move on with her life. She has her baby - DNA testing has confirmed that the baby is hers.

    Only she has the power to mess up her family life at this point. I know there are some nuts out there, but I really think that she is just fluffing up her lawsuit.
  10. by   Mimi2RN
    I agree, I think they are looking for money. That was 5 months ago, and it's time to get over it. There was no mention of the baby who actually went to breast. It's that baby's mom that could have sued!

    BTW, Did anyone notice a very cute BOTTLE FEEDING baby at the beginning of the article? Maybe it's not her baby, though.
  11. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Quote from brian
    A Thornton couple is suing North Suburban Medical Center over a baby mixup.

    Donna Lisa Johnson says, the morning after she gave birth to a little girl last October 19th, a nurse brought her the wrong baby to breastfeed.

    The lawsuit, claiming medical negligence, loss of earnings, and loss of consortium, was filed in Denver District Court on Tuesday. It asks for unspecified damages....

    Full Story: http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?O...7-c589c01ca7bf

    Loss of earnings??????? :chuckle

    Oh, and did I mention . . . . . . . !

    Sorry!
  12. by   allamericangirl
    They had both mothers on the news Tuesday night. They supposedly met by chance, both going to the same attorney! I don't buy it!

    The mother that the OP refers to came across as a phoney money grubber, looking for a meal ticket with the law suit. She says the wrong baby refused to take the breast, and that she tried and tried and that it was traumatizing?! She says that she finally looked under the baby's cap and saw dark hair and her baby was bald so she knew then it was the wrong baby.

    I had two babies. After my first visit with my daughters, I knew what they looked like. What a wacko!

    She claims that she wakes in the middle of the night with this reoccurring nightmare of the wrong baby....making it sound like "devil baby" at her breast. She goes on, and on!

    This is definitely "true to the Denver area" culture of blowing everything out of perspective. The authorities in the community NEVER let anything go as a mistake. Someone ALWAYS is at malicilus fault and MUST be punished. I don't know if it is the altitude or the water, but people out here are into extreme everything. Nothing is ever in moderation. Can't wait to get somewhere below sea level! :uhoh21:

    Hubby and I just sat there in disbelief, listening to this woman's exaggerated tirade! The judges are also wacko here. Unfortunately, she will probably end up with a million-dollar home, unlimited income, and the baby's college education paid for by the hospital. Our health insurance is already running over $500. a month with good sized copays on everything! This is what Bush is trying to stop... frivolous lawsuits. I know many nurses don't like him, but he is right in trying to stop this raping of Americans through these kind of suits. We all pay for it when these kind of people win.:angryfire

    Quote from RN4NICU
    This woman seemed to be a little beyond scared. She seemed mentally unstable. In reality, though, I think she is just putting on a big act to try to get money from the hospital. Either way, she needs to get over it and move on with her life. She has her baby - DNA testing has confirmed that the baby is hers.

    Only she has the power to mess up her family life at this point. I know there are some nuts out there, but I really think that she is just fluffing up her lawsuit.
  13. by   imenid37
    Loss of consortium? So mom is so worried baby will be taken away she can't give dad a quickie?? Oh c'mon. What a couple of operators these two are.
    It even said she opted out of fertility treatment to achieve this pregnancy to leave things in God's hands. Maybe God will hand the $ over to the family directly. Bad mistake for the hospital to make. I have sympathy for a mom who gets the wrong baby. That's awful, BUT THE BABY DIDN'T EVEN TAKE THE BREAST!!!! Maybe they feel they deserve something, but this act is insane. This couple is REALLY playing it to the MAX and don't deserve a penny. They should be ashamed of their greed. I hope their gravy train derails.
  14. by   Lawnurse
    When I worked postpartum, we had to check both bracelets, read one outloud while the Mom looked at the other bracelet, then read the other outloud while the Mom read the 2nd one outloud, and forgetting was grounds for dismissal.


    I also find it highly suspect that they met by chance b/c they went to the same lawyer. First of all, lawyers are usually Plaintiff's lawyers or defense lawyers, not both. Secondly, the lawyer couldn't represt both because it is a professional conflict of interest, so he would have had to turn down the 2nd mother. Lastly, there is confidentiality in law just like in health care. These two mothers would have to literally have run into each other in the "waiting room."

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