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Mother files lawsuit over baby mix-up at hospital

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 19, 2003

TAMPA - A former Brandon Regional Medical Center patient says she breast fed the newborn of an HIV-positive mother when a nurse brought her the wrong baby, according to documents filed Tuesday in Hillsborough County Civil Court.

Antoinette A. Larkin and her husband Gregory, the plaintiffs, filed suit against Galencare, Inc. and Brandon Regional hospital for the Dec. 24, 2001, mix-up, court records said.

According to the complaint, Larkin gave birth to a boy, who was placed in intensive care for 48 hours after birth. Without checking the sex of the baby or matching the infant's identification bracelet to his mother, nurses brought Larkin a female newborn that she began to breast feed before discovering the child was the wrong sex and from an HIV-positive mother.

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