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Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, March 13, 2010

$30k for Nursing the Wrong Child?

That is the amount of damages a Chicago couple is seeking for briefly being given the wrong baby at the hospital following delivery in a story resembling the latest episode of The Office

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The day after her son was born, Jennifer Spiegel was awakened about 4 a.m. in her Evanston Hospital room and told by a staffer, "Your baby wants you."

A patient-care technician then wheeled a newborn in and handed him to Spiegel, who breast-fed him.

Jennifer Spiegel says her obstetrician told her there was only a slim chance of the baby or her passing each other a disease or virus.

And while no one was injured or sickened, the Chicago couple says the hospital should be held responsible for the mix-up. They are seeking at least $30,000 in damages.

Read the rest here.


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