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.