Parents upset after they say Logan Hospital gave baby to wrong family
LOGAN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A shocking mix-up at Logan Hospital this week left two new parents confused and upset. A baby, just 2 days old, was taken to spend some time with his family, but he was given to the wrong family.
Dawson Perry and Colton Perry were born just one day a part and kept in the same nursery. Their parents say their babies’ similarities led to the nurses making a big mistake.
Dawson Perry is the spitting image of his dad.
“He's got my fingers, toes, nose. He's got all my features. He's a handsome boy, I tell ya,” Dawson’s father, Arnold Junior Perry, said.
When Dawson' Perry's grandmother and aunt came to visit him at the hospital two days after he was born, they didn't see the resemblance.
"They're over there saying how he doesn't have none of my features, and his eyes are blue when they were brown yesterday . . . So we're like, ‘Aw man, he looks like me, I can't believe you don't think he looks like me’, ” Arnold Perry said.
During the visit, Dawson's father said he and his wife never really got a good look at their baby.
"Well, I open up the drawer because I’m going to feed him. I’m thinking he's hungry, so I open it and see all kinds of onesies and things that aren’t mine,” Arnold Perry said.
After several minutes of confusion, Perry said a nurse walked in the room with his baby. The baby they had spent the morning with was not Dawson Perry, but Colton Perry, born just one day after their child.
"When I went in the nursery, he wasn't in there. They come back and checked the number on my bracelet, checked his number . . . It was the wrong number,” Heather Perry said.
That is when Heather Perry was told Colton had been spending time with the wrong family, and she was under the impression the visit had only lasted about 30 minutes, not the nearly two hours Arnold Perry remembers.
"So everybody's jaw hit the floor, people's crying, people's mad, just all kinds of mixed emotions, and it was just one terrible accident that could've been a tragedy,” Arnold Perry said.
"I didn't know he was in there long enough and to hold, take pictures, videos and everything else . . . When they (hospital staff) brought him back, they had marked out my room number on his card and put theirs,” Heather Perry said.
Both parents agreed the mistake of failing to check each baby's number is unacceptable, but they are relieved the result wasn't worse.
"He's OK. I got him back. I know he’s mine. It's still a scary situation. It could've happened easily," Heather Perry said.
“One little sharpie marker incident that she done, I could have lost my kid to another family. That little mistake could have been a big tragedy, you know,” Arnold Perry said.
Arnold Perry said while he did receive several apologies after the mistake was made, he felt very uncomfortable around the hospital staff. The hospital cannot comment due to patient privacy.
Both babies are home with their families, and the parents said they couldn’t be more relieved that this mess was sorted out quickly.