Couple sues over alleged breast milk mix-up
EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services, several doctors and a nurse are named in a lawsuit that alleges a newborn at an Edmonton hospital was fed breast milk from a mother with hepatitis C.
An Edmonton couple alleges in a statement of claim that a nurse mistakenly fed another woman’s stored breast milk to their son last January while he was in the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit.
The suit claims a blood test confirmed the milk came from a woman who tested positive for hepatitis C, but the results were not provided to the family for two and a half months.
It also says it was a year after the birth that lab tests confirmed the baby did not have the disease.
The statement says as a result of the error and delays in hearing about the test results, the baby’s parents experienced anxiety and stress, and the mother had a diminished supply of breast milk for her child.
The allegations have not been proven in court.