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Mother Discovers Baby Swapped at Birth Moments Before Discharge from Hospital

A mother, Maisie, shared a heart-stopping moment on TikTok when she discovered her newborn daughter, Isabella, had been mistakenly swapped with another baby at the hospital. Maisie explained that following Isabella’s birth last September, the newborn required close monitoring under a phototherapy lamp due to her condition, which initially placed her across the hall from her mother, shared by The Sun.

During a routine visit to see her daughter in the middle of the night, Maisie encountered a mix-up that nearly led to a disastrous outcome. After returning from the bathroom, the nurses mistakenly presented her with a baby boy, believing him to be Isabella. They explained that the baby had been crying and was brought to the office to settle, which was unusual since Isabella was supposed to remain under constant care due to her specific health needs.

The error was discovered only hours later when Maisie went to change Isabella’s nappy. To her shock, she found the baby she had been given was not her daughter but a boy. “I nearly had a heart attack,” Maisie recounted. She immediately pressed the emergency button and confronted the nursing staff, who were equally stunned upon realizing the mistake.

The nurses explained the mix-up by noting that Maisie and the boy’s mother looked remarkably similar, which led to the confusion. Maisie, distressed by the incident, demanded to know where her actual daughter was. After the situation was resolved, the hospital staff never mentioned the incident again, leaving Maisie to wonder if the other mother was ever informed.

Reflecting on what could have been a critical error, Maisie expressed her relief that the mistake was caught in time, particularly since Isabella required specific medications that could have been mistakenly administered to the wrong child. The emotional strain of the experience was compounded by the hospital’s lack of electronic tagging and proper identification practices, which Maisie noted in her video were not implemented, even though such measures are common in many UK hospitals.

The story, which Maisie shared to raise awareness about the importance of vigilance in hospital settings, resonated with many viewers who expressed sympathy and concern over the potential consequences of such an oversight. This alarming experience highlights the need for stringent identification protocols in hospitals to prevent similar incidents in the future.

@maisieandbelle Replying to @Just a girl mum 🤍 The very real story time, of how i nearly left the maternity ward, with SOMEONE ELSES BABY #babyswap #babyswapstorytime #maisieandbelle #maisiebabyswap #viral #storytime #wrongbaby #hospitaltrauma #birthtrauma #babyswap #babythief ♬ original sound – Maisie Beth | FTM 🧸

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