The mother of a premature baby given the wrong breastmilk at Nepean Hospital is demanding to see the medical results of hospital tests on the other mother.
Despite the hospital assuring Rebecca Cox the blood tests came back clear, she wants to see the results for herself to be sure her two-month-old boy Cash is okay.
The incident follows two other recent cases of negligence involving newborns in Sydney hospitals, which led to calls for the resignation of the NSW Health Minister.
Cash was born on August 2, five weeks premature, and suffered many medical issues while in Nepean Hospital’s care.
His mother Rebecca had just come out of an intense eight-hour procedure filled with heavy pain killers to be greeted by a nurse with milk to feed her baby.
According to Mrs Cox, the nurse did not follow hospital procedure that she had seen done before.
When the parents noticed that the wrong name was on the bottle, they were told, “Don’t worry it’s only a little bit.”
The 33-year-old mother from St Marys requested blood tests and medical checks, and asked to receive paperwork with peace of mind that her newborn was fine.
Three days later Mrs Cox was informed that Cash did not contract Hep B, Hep C, HIV or any other medical illness through the wrong breast milk, however it can take up to three months for these illnesses to develop in the body.
When Mrs Cox requested the paperwork of the medical results, the hospital refused to provide them and a hospital spokesperson said it was due to “privacy for the other mother”.
“There is no proof, so I don’t actually even know what has been tested for, which diseases,” Mrs Cox said.
“I am very disappointed in the way we have been treated.”
A Nepean Hospital spokesperson told The Newsroom: “We sincerely regret the incident and have apologised to the family for the distress this has caused.”
Cash is now at home with his loving family and big brother Cruz.
This follows incidents in which one baby died and one suffered suspected brain damage after they were given nitrous oxide, instead of oxygen, at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.
And the State Opposition renewed calls for Health Minister Jillian Skinner to resign after revelations a stillborn baby was cremated in error at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
The 20-week-term baby was cremated at the St Leonards hospital’s mortuary in 2012 before staff could perform the autopsy the baby’s parents wanted. – CJ Cowen
Picture of Rebecca Cox with baby Cash and brother Cruz supplied.