Israeli couple accuses hospital of racism after baby swap

Yossi and Hadar Braha, a Petah Tikva couple of Ethiopian descent who were given an Eritrean couple's newborn baby, say racism was behind Beilinson Hospital's mistake. A Petah Tikva couple has accused the city's Beilinson Hospital

Yossi and Hadar Braha, a Petah Tikva couple of Ethiopian descent who were given an Eritrean couple’s newborn baby, say racism was behind Beilinson Hospital’s mistake.

A Petah Tikva couple has accused the city’s Beilinson Hospital after their newborn baby was swapped with another last week, Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Tuesday.

Yossi and Hadar Braha, a young couple of Ethiopian descent, was mistakenly given a baby born to an Eritrean couple at the hospital’s maternity ward. The mistaken identity emerged only after Hadar started nursing the baby.

“It probably wasn’t conscious but I’m sure there was an element of racism involved,” the baby’s father told Channel 2. “They saw a black baby, so they gave it to a black woman – I can’t think of any other explanation. Had it been a white baby, they would have double-checked.”

Shortly after his son’s birth on Friday, Braha arrived at the ward’s nursery and asked to see him for the first time, but was told that the baby has to undergo some additional medical checks before his mother could receive him.

A few minutes later, he was approached by a nurse who invited him to join his wife while she was breastfeeding their son. Braha then realized that it wasn’t their son, and rushed to inform his wife. At the same time, an Eritrean man rushed into the room and said that the baby was actually his.

The Beilinson Hospital management apologized for the mistake. “It was an honest mistake committed by a staff member who clearly didn’t abide by our very strict rules,” they said in a statement. “We are looking into the matter, and will take steps against the staff member should they be found responsible.”

Source: Haaretz

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  • most trusted August 31, 2013

    I always laugh when I remember you were supporting the Israel state verse the Arab countries , the reason you were supporting Israel because you have an hater of Muslims and now as usual you are starting to say that Israel is racist people. I ALWAYS CALL YOU PEOPLE OF DOUBLE FACE, ONE DAY WITH ETHIOPIA UNIT, SECOND DAY YOU BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL STATE SUPPORTING BECAUSE YOU ARE CHRISTIAN AND HATE ARAB COUNTRIES WHERE YOU LEARN TO WEAR A perfume IN YOUR ENTIRELY LIFE IN ARAB COUNTRIES. NOW YOU ARE SAYING ISRAEL IS A RACIST COUNTRY. WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE WORLD WITH YOUR TRUE EYES RATHER YOU change your skin to WHITE AND BLACK every SECOND.

    Because of yours sins there genuine Eritrean people such as the Eritrean muslims have been suffering for long.

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