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Mother Cuddled Wrong Baby for Hours After Newborn Swap

A mother, identified as Maisie from the U.K., shared a harrowing experience on TikTok where she recounted the shocking moment when she was handed the wrong baby at a hospital maternity ward. In a now-viral video, Maisie described how she had cared for the infant for several hours, unaware of the mix-up.

Just 48 hours after giving birth to her daughter Isabella in September 2023, Maisie found herself in a distressing situation when hospital staff placed her newborn under phototherapy lamps for medical reasons. Despite being assured that her baby was being closely monitored, Maisie was shocked to discover that the infant she had been caring for throughout the night was not her own.

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In her video, Maisie recounted waking up at 3 a.m. to check on Isabella, only to be called into the nurses' office where they had the real Isabella. Upon returning to her room, Maisie continued to care for the baby, unaware of the mistake. It wasn't until she attempted to change the baby's diaper that she realized it was a boy, not her daughter.

Panicked, Maisie immediately sought assistance from hospital staff, demanding to know the whereabouts of her daughter. The nurses' shocked expressions confirmed her worst fears - she had been caring for the wrong baby all along. The mix-up occurred because Maisie resembled the boy's mother, leading the staff to assume she was the rightful caretaker without verifying her identity.

The incident, which occurred at Poole Hospital, was confirmed by a spokesperson from University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital issued a statement expressing deep regret for the distress caused and pledged to support the affected families. They assured the public that they had reviewed safety procedures and implemented measures to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Maisie's ordeal sheds light on the importance of rigorous hospital protocols in ensuring the safety of newborns and their families. Despite the traumatic experience, Maisie has not disclosed whether the other mother involved was made aware of the mix-up, raising concerns about transparency and accountability in such situations.

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