A Spanish hospital is caught up in a baby-swapping scandal according to a report in the New York Post.
And one of the switched babies, who is now 19 years old and wants to keep her identify private, is suing the San Millan de Logrono Hosptial in the country’s northern La Rioja region for just over $6 million.
The plaintiff, who took a DNA test in 2017 following a familial dispute that confirmed her parents weren’t her blood relatives, was born underweight in 2002 about five hours apart from the other child and both were kept in incubators around the same time.
The hospital has apologized publicly and cited “human error” for the baby girls being switched at birth.
The plaintfiff’s attorney Jose Saez Morga told the TVR television network his client “was born later but was given to the mother who gave birth to the first child. This is negligence so gross that it speaks for itself.”
The hospital also said it was unaware of any other baby-swapping cases and claimed such a mishap wouldn’t happen today.
“It was a human error and we haven’t been able to find out who was to blame,” health chief Sara Alba said at news conference earlier this week.
The other child, now also 19, has also been told of the mind-boggling mistake.