Radio show told of baby's test results before parents

RADIO station listeners have learnt the health status of a baby boy who was given the wrong breast milk before his parents were notified.

The three-week-old boy is undergoing tests for HIV after he was given breastmilk from the wrong mother at Caboolture Hospital last Thursday.

AAP reported that the child was taken to the hospital because he was not gaining weight. While there he was given a bottle by a nurse who eventually learnt it was the wrong one.

The Metro North Hospital and Health Service has since launched an investigation into the incident.

The error was again fuelled on Monday when Caboolture Hospital acting executive director Keith Love said on 4BC radio that the woman whose breastmilk was given was healthy.

"The father and grandmother (of the baby) hadn't received the up-to-date test results as of yet," Mr Love said on the program.

"But the ... results are all clear. We will be communicating it officially, immediately."

4BC radio host Patrick Condren asked Mr Love if he wanted to put his interview on hold so he could tell the boy's worried parents.

"So you can ring that family who are sitting at home just waiting to hear that. Can you do that for me?" Mr Condren said.

"If you want to put me on hold, I'm happy to do that," Mr Love said.

Earlier in the interview, Mr Love issued an unreserved apology to the family.

Mr Love has been approached by APN media for comment but was yet to respond.



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