In June 2000, I gave birth to my son at Abbott Northwestern hospital. The day after his birth, an aide brought a baby boy from the hospital nursery and left him with me without checking the name on his tag against mine. After she left, when I went to nurse him, I realized just in time that she'd brought me the wrong baby.
I called urgently to the triage area, and the nurses intervened quickly to straighten out the mixup. In the aftermath, Abbott fired the aide who'd brought me the wrong baby, saying that this resolved the problem. The hospital's administrators missed the point -- they had a critical process that was wholly reliant on one person doing her job well -- and in my situation, it only took this one point of failure.
I pressed my concern with Abbott, but to no avail. I was sorry to hear about the mixup with Cody Van Dyke, and my heart goes out to all those who were affected ("Baby is brought to wrong mom for feeding," Dec. 7). I can't say, however, that I was surprised. What a difference 12 years haven't made.
ELLEN WOLANER, CHANHASSEN