Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Health Ministry has begun to investigate an incident in which two black
newborns – on Ethiopian Jewish baby and one born to an Eritrean migrant – were
accidentally switched for a short time at Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus
in Petah Tikva.
The ministry spokeswoman said: “We are waiting for the
full report to understand the factors involved in the incident so we can make
any necessary decisions. The ministry’s patient safety unit and medial
administration will examine the existing directives to ensure that this is an
exceptional incident and that there is no reason to refresh existing
reported on Tuesday that a Petah Tikva resident of
Ethiopian Jewish origin, named Hadar, gave birth and hugged the baby she had
given birth to. The male infant was admitted to the neonatal ward.
her husband, Yossi, went to the nursery to see the boy, the nurses refused to
let him take the infant to his wife to nurse.
The nurses, according to
, insisted the baby was “ill” and would have to undergo tests before the
parents could see him.
When he returned to his wife’s room, he found
Hadar was resting comfortably, breastfeeding a baby; Yossi knew immediately it
wasn’t their own, especially as another man ran in claiming that the infant was
his own son. It turned out that somewhere between the delivery room and the
maternity ward, someone had given Hadar a baby who was born on the same day to
an Eritrean migrant couple, the Hebrew newspaper said. Someone mistakenly
Hadar and her son were discharged from the hospital on
Sunday, while the migrant couple received theirs. Blood tests had been performed
to make sure the babies were given to the right parents. Both sets of parents
demanded a detailed explanation of how the error occurred.
Tikva hospital said it deeply regretted the incident, which resulted from human
error. “A member of the staff acted in violation of our working orders. The
subject is under thorough investigation,” it said.