September 19, 2021

Woman mistakenly swipped at birth 19 years ago demands compesation from Spain health authorities

A woman has demanded compensation from health authorities in northern Spain after discovering she was mistakenly swapped at birth with another baby 19 years ago, local reports say.

The woman was mixed up with a baby who was born on the same day in 2002 at a hospital in Logroño, south of Bilbao.

Both babies were put in incubators before being handed to the wrong parents.

A regional government has acknowledged the mix-up, blaming “human error”.

On Tuesday the health minister for the government of La Rioja, Sara Alba, said it was not possible to conclude who had made the mistake.

She said it would “be impossible for something like this to happen again today” because procedures for identifying babies were “safe and reliable”.

The case was first reported by the La Rioja newspaper, which said one of the women is seeking €3m (£2.4m; $3.5m) in damages from the region’s ministry of health. The ministry has only offered compensation of €215,000, reports say.

The other woman involved has been informed about the situation but has not made a complaint, the El País newspaper reported.

The complainant, who has not been named, was raised by a woman she believed to be her grandmother.

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