‘Human error’ leads to temporary baby switch at Rabin Medical Center

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July 30, 2013 18:15

The Health Ministry has begun to investigate an incident in which two black newborns -- on Ethiopian Jewish baby and the other 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 ones.”


Yedioth Aharonoth 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. 


When her husband Yossi went to the nursery to see the baby, the nurses refused to let him take the infant to his wife to nurse. The nurses, according to Yedioth, insisted the baby was “ill” and would have to undergo tests before the parents could see him.


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