Newborn tested for HIV after breast milk mix-up in Aussie hospital

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 PM ET

A three-week-old infant is being tested for HIV and hepatitis after an Australian hospital gave the baby breast milk from the wrong mother.

The hospital says it has "unreservedly" apologized to the parents and said there is very little risk to the child, news.com.au reports.

"Because of the good health of those involved there is negligible risk of health impacts to the baby," a spokesman told the Australian Associated Press.

On Thursday, the mother was given a bottle of pumped breast milk by a nurse who returned five minutes later to inform her there had been a mix-up.

A woman who identified herself as the baby's grandmother called into a radio talk show Friday to say her son and daughter-in-law "are beside themselves."

"We're on tenterhooks and to have something like that happen at a hospital, who's not doing their job?" she said.


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