The parentsof a newborn infantreturned home from hospitalto discover theyhad been giventhe wrong baby.
Bosses at the hospital in Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital, has launched an investigation into the incident and blamed the blunder on a nurse who reportedly did not follow procedures.
The parents left the hospital thinking they were taking home their baby girl butquickly realised something was wrong, state television reported.
According to the report, the couple went back to the hospital after noticing that the mother and baby’s tag did not match.
In a statement, the hospital said the doctors and nurses who were on duty when the baby swap happened would face disciplinary measures.
A hospital statement said:”We would like to assure the public that all those responsible will be sanctioned”.
The director of the clinical centreZoricaBebaKovaevitold Montenegrin newspaperVijestithere was no justification for the incident and that the investigation would aim to find out whether the infant had been swapped deliberately or by mistake.
She said the nurse in charge had been working at the hospital for 20 years and that the hospital management did not understand how such a mistakecould have happened.
The nurse reportedly swapped the newborn with another infant after she failed to notice the babies’ tags showed different numbers.
Local media reportedthat a criminal complaint was filed against the nurse and that Montenegro’s health minister Kenan Hrapovi personally asked for the head of the maternity ward to be dismissed.
He toldVijesti newspaper he apologised for the “unpleasantness” the family had experienced and added:”It is inconceivablethat such failures occur in the 21st century.
“The burden of responsibility must be borne by everyone involved in the managing work at the ward and overseeing the implementation of the protocols,” he said.